Plans to demolish Berwick’s old Kwiksave building and replace it with two new office blocks have been revealed for the first time.
The proposed development of the Walkergate site, regarded as one of the town’s biggest eyesores, has been on show at a public exhibition today.
Arch, Northumberland County Council’s arms-length development company, which is facilitating the project, aims to submit a formal planning application in mid-September.
Project manager Anthony Crabb revealed that negotiations with two potential tenants are at an advanced stage.
He said plans for the offices are being made in consultation with the prospective tenants, but that the identity of both will remain confidential until an agreement is signed.
Arch plans to demolish the existing Kwiksave building and replace it with two office blocks built over two stories and separated by a small vennel.
Both offices will be open plan inside, one of them 15,000sq feet and the other 10,000 square feet.
“We want the developments to be in keeping with the surrounding architecture in Berwick,” said Mr Crabb. “That’s why we are looking at a block structure, which is typical of the buildings that have occupied the site previously.”
“But we are also working in close consultation with our two potential tenants.”
A public consultation runs until August 29, with members of the public invited to submit feedback.