Work starts on £804,000 shopping centre in north Plymouth
WORK has begun on a £804,000 retail centre in the north of Plymouth.
Construction company Morgan Sindall has started developing the 5,000sq ft plot in Woolwell.
The project will see the construction of a Companion Care veterinary practice, a Barnardo's charity shop and a Domino's Pizza outlet, on Towerfield Drive.
The retail centre is being developed by Yelverton Properties and is due to be completed this summer.
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To coincide with the start of work, Morgan Sindall staff visited nearby Bickleigh Down CofE Primary School to give a presentation to pupils about the importance of staying safe around building sites.
During the visit, pupils met "Ivor Goodsite", the mascot of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, who helped warn them about the dangers building sites can present.
Children drew pictures of the character, with the best entries receiving a prize.
Carl Heslop, area manager for Morgan Sindall, said: "This new retail centre will bring a great selection of shops and amenities to the community, and we're delighted to have started work on it.
"Delivering construction projects in busy areas is always a challenge, but one we have experience in delivering.
"We pride ourselves on making sure we minimise disruption to the area, and are working closely with businesses to that end."
The shopping area is being built next to the Lidl store in Woolwell.
James Mitchell, property director for Lidl, said: "Lidl would like to take the opportunity to make clear to customers that the store is unaffected by the neighbouring construction work and is open for business as usual."