Despite the extremely challenging circumstances arising from COVID-19, work on the new retail development in Kirkby town centre is continuing.
Social distancing measures have meant allowing fewer people on site, but that hasn’t meant that work has stood still.
After Knowsley Council stepped in to buy the site from St Modwen, work started on the new retail development on 9 December 2019. The site will be home to a 45,000 feet2 Morrisons superstore, a Morrisons petrol station, a new store for Home Bargains, and a drive-through KFC.
In the last few weeks, work has continued to get the site ready for construction. Demolition work is now complete with the rubble having been sorted so that recyclable materials are retained where possible for use in the building work. In addition, vibro piling (to improve the load bearing capacity of the land), drainage installations, and ground levelling works are continuing.
Running alongside the supermarket build, foundations for a number of further retail units were poured last week, meaning that construction of these units will also be starting soon. The steelwork for these units will start to go up in June 2020.
A new temporary 230-space car park on Cherryfield Drive has also been completed to support the retail development.
Councillor Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Regeneration and Economic Development Cabinet Member, said “I’m delighted to see the continued progress on site in Kirkby town centre. The contractors have been working in very challenging circumstances but the progress they have made is still there for everybody to see and the aerial images of the site also make that progress clear. We committed to deliver a supermarket for Kirkby and I hope that local residents are reassured that we are delivering on the promise we made at the end of last year.”