THE final phases of a £17 million scheme to reinvent a 230-year-old grade II-listed building is getting underway as the developer and council responsible receive a prestigious award.

Wykeland Group and Hambleton District Council received a prestigious Game Changer Award at the Yorkshire Property Awards 2021 after its £17 million mixed-use treadmill scheme.

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The treadmills scheme has been delivered by the Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd joint venture, which was formed by Wykeland and Hambleton District Council.

The development looked to reinvent the derelict, 230 year-old prison site in Northallerton to form a digital workspace, education facility and mixed-use retail and leisure community.

Further investment is also set to be delivered on site.

The first phase of Treadmills was opened last December and was focused on retail, with three newbuild stores, anchored by Lidl and a 126-space car park.

Phase two involved the remodelling of the grade II- listed building as well as the Norhallerton tech hub, which opened in May.

The final phase, now getting underway, includes a new cinema to be used by Everyman, three restaurant units, the conversion of the former governor’s house and a showpiece civic square.

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Northallerton tech hub is also complemented by a digital education campus called “eCampus”, involving the University of Sunderland and York College.

The Yorkshire Property Awards, which is organised by Variety children’s charity, celebrates the achievement and excellence across the commercial property sector.

Highlighting the best of the best property achievements, The Game Changer Awards recognise projects or deals which have had a large effect on the surrounding environment.

The award for Treadmills was presented during an awards ceremony at Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate which was attended by hundreds of property professionals from across Yorkshire.

Domonic Gibbons, managing director for Wykeland, said: “We’re very proud that this award has recognised the quality of the Treadmills scheme and the many benefits it has delivered to the economy, community and built environment in Northallerton.

“Our investment with our partners at Hambleton District Council has breathed new life into a landmark site which had fallen into disuse and decline.

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"By combining sensitive renovation and remodelling of the Grade II-listed former prison buildings and new-build development we have created a flagship new destination.

“We believe this is an outstanding example of a private developer working collaboratively with a local authority to deliver regeneration and create a legacy for future generations.”

Councillor Mark Robson, leader of Hambleton District Council, said: "We are delighted to have been presented with this prestigious award for our Treadmills development.

"It truly is a game changer for Northallerton and the Hambleton district, bringing retail, leisure and business opportunities into the town.

“Together with Wykeland, we have transformed an old prison into an iconic centrepiece for the town – a development the District Council is very proud of.”

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