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Oakengates regeneration project almost completed.

We have just finished work on the £262,000 scheme for Telford and Wrekin Council – part of an initiative to boost the economic vibrancy of Oakengates town centre.

The work includes a bright new entrance to The Place theatre and replacement of shop fronts and shutters to eight retail units.

“It has been a very involved contract due to the tight eight-week timescale and having to keep most of the shops open for the duration of the project, which has meant we have had to work closely with the shop owners to achieve this,” explained Helen Slee (Director) “We also rendered the external walls, redecorated the shopping area canopy, removed and altered street furniture and the upgraded of public lighting – the end result is a huge improvement and should give the area a big boost, ” she added.

The scheme is the second phase of an investment in Oakengates town centre by the council which has resulted in substantial improvements to the town centre and its public spaces, as well as enabling the theatre to play a more prominent role in the local economy and community.

Theatre manager Debbie King commented: “We are delighted with the new theatre frontage. The bright eye-catching design gives the building a modern, iconic status offering a cultural hub for both residents and visitors to Oakengates and Telford.”

Helen Slee added that this project was the first of many to be undertaken in 2014 by the firm, which was enjoying its most buoyant period for several years.

“There are definitely green shoots of recovery in the building sector, with confidence in the industry growing all the time. We have a range of public and private sector developments in the pipeline for 2014 and are optimistic that our company will carry on growing this year.

“Fortunately we have continued to invest in staff and training over the last few years so have developed a very sound skills base, which has helped us through the recession and puts us in a good position for the future,” she said.