New John Lewis store taking shape

by Mark Stead , mark.stead@thepress.co.uk 7:50am Tuesday 13th August 2013 in News

YORK’S new John Lewis store is moving closer to completion as work continues on a £90 million shopping complex on the edge of the city.

This picture shows how the skeleton of the building set to house one of the UK’s biggest retail names is taking shape at the Vangarde site at Monks Cross, which, once completed next April, will also include Marks & Spencer and Next stores.

The development, led by The Oakgate Group, has also provided £13.75 million towards York’s community stadium project, with the 6,000-seater ground for York City FC and York City Knights being built on the site of the neighbouring Huntington Stadium.

Planning permission for the Vangarde stores was granted by City of York Council last May, although the start of construction work was held up after protected great crested newts were found on the land and had to be carefully rehomed.

The framework of the three stores will involve 1,400 tonnes of steel and 50,000 bolts and take 16 weeks to complete, with the work being carried out by Caddick Construction.

The 339,000sq ft retail park is scheduled to open by April 10 next year, with Oakgate saying it will create 1,000 jobs and inject £14 million a year into York’s economy, while five or six restaurants will also be included in the complex and their operators are due to be announced shortly.

Oakgate has said groundworks for the site were able to be completed during recent good weather, with work now on schedule. The retail scheme is being financially backed by Bank Leumi (UK) plc.

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9:22am Tue 13 Aug 13 ouseswimmer says…

Hopgrove roundabout is going to be really snarled up when this opens. Unless that is they remove those useless traffic lights.

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9:52am Tue 13 Aug 13 meme says…

No sign of any stadium however!

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9:55am Tue 13 Aug 13 YorkPatrol says…

ouseswimmer wrote…

Hopgrove roundabout is going to be really snarled up when this opens. Unless that is they remove those useless traffic lights.

Yeah, nice one - top comment.

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11:45am Tue 13 Aug 13 alimount says…

I am still confused as why the stadium has been held-up by wildlife when it is being build upon the existing one; yet the new shops are flying up without delay. Does anyone have any information to clarify why this is the case?

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12:09pm Tue 13 Aug 13 Rocking Horse says…

alimount wrote…

I am still confused as why the stadium has been held-up by wildlife when it is being build upon the existing one; yet the new shops are flying up without delay. Does anyone have any information to clarify why this is the case?

Council say it is because of delay with Oakgate paying over the £14.35million S106 monies, and demanding EU procurement rules. Looks more like the incompetent mismanagement of the process by COYC, in looking for bids from a contractor for a design, build and operate package. Their strategy for this is flawed. The seem to be looking for someone to take on all the risks downstream of construction, but, that will end up costing them upstream. Basically, councils are good at spending others money badly!!!

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1:35pm Tue 13 Aug 13 YorkPatrol says…

alimount wrote…

I am still confused as why the stadium has been held-up by wildlife when it is being build upon the existing one; yet the new shops are flying up without delay. Does anyone have any information to clarify why this is the case?

It's simply because people want the shops much more than a stadium.

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1:49pm Tue 13 Aug 13 Ignatius Lumpopo says…

The groundwork is now complete. John Lewis: "never knowingly underpinned"?

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2:49pm Tue 13 Aug 13 PKH says…

ouseswimmer wrote…

Hopgrove roundabout is going to be really snarled up when this opens. Unless that is they remove those useless traffic lights.

It is NOT the traffic lights that cause the snarl up it is the A64 going from 2 lanes to 1 lane just east of the roundabout, the traffic lights actually ease the situation on the A1036 and the A1237 and barely make any difference to the A64. What would improve traffic flow no end would be to dual the A64 all the way past Malton.

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5:33pm Tue 13 Aug 13 Yorkie41 says…

meme wrote…

No sign of any stadium however!

They have to dispose of the newts first, then design the stadium, as far as I am aware.

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5:38pm Tue 13 Aug 13 DaveBruebeck says…

ouseswimmer wrote…

Hopgrove roundabout is going to be really snarled up when this opens. Unless that is they remove those useless traffic lights.

Correct. A massive waste of time and money.

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7:02pm Tue 13 Aug 13 TerryYork says…

Never was about stupid newts. It's to do with a useless council manager on 60K a year doing nothing to move the project forward. They've messed up the procurement and it's looking like the Council will bank the millions for the stadium, probably to pay for carpets in the massive new council building. If the Press had decent reporters, which they absolutely do not, they would have investigated this situation with Adkins and the procurement.

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7:13pm Tue 13 Aug 13 alimount says…

Rocking Horse wrote…

alimount wrote…

I am still confused as why the stadium has been held-up by wildlife when it is being build upon the existing one; yet the new shops are flying up without delay. Does anyone have any information to clarify why this is the case?
Council say it is because of delay with Oakgate paying over the £14.35million S106 monies, and demanding EU procurement rules. Looks more like the incompetent mismanagement of the process by COYC, in looking for bids from a contractor for a design, build and operate package. Their strategy for this is flawed. The seem to be looking for someone to take on all the risks downstream of construction, but, that will end up costing them upstream. Basically, councils are good at spending others money badly!!!

Cheers Rocking Horse. I had figured it would be something to do with money and mismanagement, when is it not! Here's hoping the stadium design gets clarified sharpish.

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7:16pm Tue 13 Aug 13 ouseswimmer says…

I have it on good authority the Newts were bought online.

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8:11pm Tue 13 Aug 13 LUFCOK says…

Such a shame to put a football ground here, York's average attendances will drop dramatically I think, about half an hour an walk from town. Agree with others about the traffic, it's already shocking on the A64 coming towards Monks Cross on a weekend and around Monks Cross itself.

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10:46pm Tue 13 Aug 13 PKH says…

DaveBruebeck wrote…

ouseswimmer wrote…

Hopgrove roundabout is going to be really snarled up when this opens. Unless that is they remove those useless traffic lights.
Correct. A massive waste of time and money.

Incorrect It is 2 lanes into 1 just east of the roundabout on the A64 which causes the snarl up.

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12:00pm Wed 14 Aug 13 TerryYork says…

LUFCOK wrote…

Such a shame to put a football ground here, York's average attendances will drop dramatically I think, about half an hour an walk from town. Agree with others about the traffic, it's already shocking on the A64 coming towards Monks Cross on a weekend and around Monks Cross itself.

That's absolute nonsense. For all the drunks who want to stagger down bootham to the game, there will be two more who'll prefer the ease of getting to Monks Cross in a new stadium. Have you ever tried to park in York on match day? That's why 6,000 is a massive problem. It's not big enough! We all know that so you're "smaller crowds" theory is rubbish.

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