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£3.2m Queens Square project moves to next stage

Major improvements to Queens Square have moved a step closer with contractors now able to bid for the works.

The £3.2m scheme, which will regenerate the public space at the heart of the town centre, is being funded by Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council.

Queens Square
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 17:00

Productivity and innovation boost Crawley economy

Crawley is one of the most productive and innovative places in the UK, according to an influential report.

The Centre for Cities 2016 report, which compares economic statistics across 63 cities and large towns in the UK, underlines the town’s status as a great place to do business.

Crawley has excellent transport links, skilled workforce and large economically-active areas like the Manor Royal Business District – all reasons why Crawley is a great place to do business.

The report has found that Crawley:

Centre for Cities
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:30

Major town centre planning application approved

A plan to demolish a derelict large town centre building and replace it with retail space and 78 homes over six storeys has been approved by Crawley Borough Council.

Inspired Asset Management’s application to tear down 15-29 The Broadway and build flats and new shops was approved by the council's Development Control Committee on 4 January.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 12:00

See new plans to regenerate Crawley town centre

Exciting new proposals set to revitalise the town centre are now available to view.

The Town Centre Regeneration Programme outlines ambitious plans to regenerate the area which has recently been rated the 23rd hottest retail opportunity and third best premium retail opportunity in the UK by researchers, CACI.

Town Centre draft Regeneration Plan
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Monday, December 7, 2015 - 11:30

Water feature experts chosen for Queens Square

Technical experts to work on the Queens Square water feature have been appointed.

Specialist consultant Fountains Direct has been chosen by Crawley Borough and West Sussex County councils to work with the design team to provide technical and design expertise on the water feature, which will be a focal point of the new square.

The councils are investing £3.2m into redeveloping the square and the Surrey-based company has been chosen to design the layout and technical specification of the planned LED illuminated fountain jets.

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Monday, December 7, 2015 - 10:15

Crawley town centre ranks high in the Hot 100

The town centre’s fantastic retail opportunities have been highlighted in Property week’s Hot 100.

Crawley town centre has been ranked the UK’s 23rd best location for retail opportunity in the CACI study conducted for Property Week - plus it’s the third best spot for premium retail opportunity thanks to its excellent catchment.

The news comes shortly before the launch of the draft town centre regeneration programme which, with an ambitious set of plans, will help attract business looking to take advantage of the great promise the town offers.

Hot 100
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Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 16:45

Manor Royal gains new business partners

The contractor for up and coming Manor Royal projects has signified its commitment to Crawley by signing the Developer and Partner Charter.

Kier, a leading property, residential, construction and services group and one of Crawley Borough Council’s developer partners, is currently working in partnership on three schemes in Manor Royal, providing hundreds of jobs to Crawley residents in the process.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 14:45

Market to move to Queens Square for Christmas

Crawley’s Friday and Saturday market will move to Queens Square for the busy Christmas shopping period, ahead of the area’s major £3.2m facelift.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, said: “There isn’t a specialist Christmas market in the square this year so I’m sure stallholders will be delighted to trade there, especially when our festive events are taking place on Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas, giving the square an even greater buzz.”

christmas lights
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Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 14:30

Queens Square improvement scheme to be extended

The redevelopment of Queens Square will be extended to include the wide connector streets either side of the Pavilion Building.

The additional work will see the paving in the areas to the north and south of the building replaced to match that used in the redeveloped square.

Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council are investing £3.2m into revitalising the area, with work starting in June and expected to be completed by April 2017.

Queens Square
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 16:00

Businesses benefit from Veteran Car Run

Town centre retailers had a good day of trading as 400 vehicles built at least 110 years ago trundled through on Sunday (1 November) as the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run returned to the High Street.

The run – the world's oldest motoring event – gave spectators the chance to see the vehicles up close as they passed through on their way to Brighton. The cars stopped for a time control check point, which provided an ideal opportunity for the crowds to take photos.

Retailers and food operators reported good sales as large crowds lined the High Street.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 13:30