A development which has changed the skyline of Bedford has celebrated reaching its full structural height.
The Riverside North project held a ceremony in which Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson finished off one of the buildings by filling in a hole with cement.
He said: “It is great to see the progress being made at Riverside North, which will make Bedford town centre even more attractive and enjoyable for local residents and visitors of all ages.
“It will help fulfil the vision of a town centre which is an attractive destination in its own right, for shopping and also leisure, culture and food and drink.
“It brings millions of pounds of investment, new jobs and extra footfall for the town, and it’s great that it’s on track to open in around a year’s time.”
The next stage of the £36million development, described as a “mixed-use leisure led town centre regeneration project”, will see the completion of the buildings’ interiors and facades, and the installation of a footbridge to link it to the area south of the river.,
Bouygues Development, the property development company, its joint venture partner Coplan Estates and main contractor Bouygues UK today held an event to mark construction progress at Riverside North, their £36 million (GDV) mixed-use leisure led town centre regeneration project in central Bedford.
Occupying an area of 3.6 acres, the development will provide 46 private apartments owned and marketed by Delph Property Group, 18 affordable apartments owned and managed by Guinness Partnership, a 100-bedroom Premier Inn Hotel, and shopping and leisure facilities owned by TH Real Estate. Brands who have already signed up to take space at Riverside North include Harvester, Bella Italia, Zizzi, Chimichanga, Wagamama and Coal Grill & Bar.
Joining the Mayor was Bedford Borough Council Chief Executive Philip Simpkins and senior representatives of Bouygues Development, Coplan Estates and Bouygues UK.
Architects for the development are Mountford Piggott.