September 26th, 2016

Touchwood expansion plans to go on show

Updated: 5:09 pm, May 07, 2015

A PUBLIC consultation on plans to extend Touchwood is to take place at Solihull Arts Complex – beginning tomorrow (Friday).

The consultation, which runs from 10am on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7 and Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, will feature extensive plans, details and artist’s impressions of how the development will look and take shape.

Experts from Touchwood’s parent company Lend lease will also be on-hand to offer advice and talk to people about the proposal which will see the creation of up to 30 nw shops, restaurants and cafes – as revealed by The Observer last year.

Questionnaires will also be available for visitors to leave their feedback on the plans.

Andy Cole, General Manager of Touchwood, said: “The plans come as a direct result of the success of Touchwood, but also recognise the centre is now nearly 15 years old and that retailer and consumer needs are constantly evolving.

“Furthermore, whilst Solihull is a strong and thriving town centre, there is scope to invest further to bring additional economic benefits to the community.

“The public exhibition is an opportunity for us to share our proposals with local residents and business, and to hear their views on the next exciting stage of Touchwood’s growth.”

Around 400 permanent new jobs will be created as a result of the development, along with approximately 500 construction jobs.

More than 1,500 people currently work at Touchwood.

Up to 30 new shops and restaurants will be created. 11.013.056.sol.jm16

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