Berkshire

Bracknell new town centre construction begins

View from the top of Winchester House Image copyright Bracknell Forest Council
Image caption A third of Bracknell's town centre has been demolished to make way for a new town centre

Construction work has begun on a new town centre in Berkshire.

Building is under way on the northern quarter of Bracknell, with the first foundations due to be laid at the end of April.

A post-World War Two shopping centre has been cleared and the road network remodelled for the development, which includes a new town square.

The first steelwork will begin appearing in June, according to the town's regeneration partnership.

Other features wiped off the map for the regeneration are The Ring - the town's inner ring road - and Winchester House, a 12-storey office block, which will be replaced with a 19-storey building containing 311 homes.

The shops and restaurants in the northern quarter are due to open in Spring 2017.

A 12-screen cinema is also planned.

Image copyright Bracknell Regeneration Partnership
Image caption The first steelwork for the new shopping area will be erected in June

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