Commercial, Developments

VALUE: £6 million

Number One Market Street was the result of the visionary initiative of Pendle Borough Council to pursue an outsourcing model for certain areas of its services. This was done by competitive tender and the development of a new flagship town centre building was always integral to this appointment.

Barnfield joined forces with Liberata to submit a tender for this project and was successfully appointed to develop the building and provide the requisite council services for a 15 year period.

Barnfield’s main role in this partnership was the new development and a design team was appointed to design something that would ‘kick start’ the regeneration of Nelson Town Centre.

A traditional building, in keeping with the design brief of the local council and its members was designed. After a series of public consultations the final design was prepared and plans duly obtained.

Barnfield financed the project in its entirety and the whole building was completed on time, within the budget. The speculative retail and office space that formed part of the building is now being taken up by local occupiers.

Following the success of Number One, Barnfield investigated proposals for a second phase building and engaged with Pendle Borough Council to try and come up with a suitable use or occupier.

Barnfield proposed a suggestion that a second phase would help significantly in regenerating the area and it was subsequently agreed that a public/private joint venture company be created to develop the site and that Pendle Leisure Trust would take a lease of circa 50% of the building for use as a community centre.

The flagship building was built on the old cinema and market land where there was good ground for the foundations and natural reconstituted stone was built onto a steel frame.  The magnificent building was designed by architects Campbell Driver Partnership to incorporate an aesthetically pleasing curved facade.  Externally, the building features GRP dorma windows with a slate mancade roof.

Barnfield procured and guaranteed the finance to develop the building which is now known as the ACE Centre.

There are also two retail units at ground floor with access off Market Street.