Looking to the future

An artist's impression of Ravenscraig town centre
An artist's impression of Ravenscraig town centre
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TWENTY years on from the closure of Ravenscraig the group charged with regenerating the former steelworks site has unveiled its plans for the new town centre.

Ravenscraig Ltd has submitted area planning briefs to North Lanarkshire Council which spell out design priorities for future developers of the £600 million town centre.

The briefs feature just under 93,000 square metres (one million square feet) of retail and leisure facilities, including restaurants and bars.

Around 550 residential ‘units’ will also be created in a phased development, featuring a mix of family homes and apartments, with around 10,500 square metres of commercial space to encourage local small businesses into the town centre.

Included too is provision for a bus interchange, car parking, community facilities, a 9,300 square metres supermarket, dual carriageway access from both the M8 and the M74 and an integrated network of footpaths, cycle ways and green spaces.

A separate brief has been submitted outlining plans for a business quarter outside of the town centre featuring roadside services/retail units, office space, 24 small industrial units, a hotel and a family pub.

Full story in July 4 edition of Motherwell Times