Breaking ground for John Lewis at Birmingham Gateway

The Mace team at Birmingham New Street celebrated the ground breaking of the new John Lewis department store this week. Mace, as delivery partner and principle contractor, will be working with Network Rail to develop the store as part of the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station and the Pallasades shopping centre.

Mark Reynolds, Deputy CEO at Mace, Andy Street, Managing Director John Lewis, David Higgins, Chief Executive of Network Rail and Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, were all in attendance at the New Street site to celebrate ongoing works at the foundation of the store.

The new 250,000 square foot John Lewis department store will anchor an upgraded Pallasades Centre, creating a new retail outlet in the heart of Birmingham and cementing the city’s status as one of the UK’s premier retail destinations. Work to develop the Pallasades Centre began in 2011, followed by the demolition of Stephenson Tower in early 2012 to pave the way for construction to begin on John Lewis.

The superstructure of the store will start to take shape over the coming months with John Lewis, and the new Pallasades Centre set to open in autumn 2014. The development will open up New Street station to the city’s south side for the first time, helping to stimulate regeneration and economic growth.
Mark Reynolds, Mace Deputy CEO said: “We are excited to have started work with the John Lewis Partnership on the south side of the Birmingham New Street project. It marks the achievement of another major milestone for the project whilst also commencing something which is, on its own, greatly rewarding for the city of Birmingham.”

David Higgins, Chief Executive at Network Rail said: “The exciting changes we are delivering at New Street vividly show how investment in transport infrastructure can benefit cities and communities by triggering regeneration, new jobs and economic growth. With a new John Lewis and Pallasades coming in 2014, and a state of the art station complete in 2015, Birmingham has a lot to look forward to.”

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