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Weston Favell, one of Britain's oldest out of town shopping centres is about to get a £4m makeover.
The owners say planned redevelopment works at Weston Favell shopping centre are set to start in the days ahead.
The vision is to provide the community with an enhanced, vibrant centre for shopping, socialising and spending time.
It includes the creation of a multi-functional public space fronting new retail units on the lower ground floor, and the reintroduction the original atrium to improve natural light, works will also commence on the Standens Barn Bridge.
But that's BAD news for some locals - the works mean the bridge will be closed to the public for up to 5 months.
Owners Redefine International say they've worked closely with the Highways Department at Northampton County Council to make a temporary crossing available, during the works.
Centre manager, Kevin Legg said:
"We have explored many ways in which to approach the repair and refurbishment works required to the Standens Barn Bridge. Realistically our only option is to close it temporarily whilst we undertake these essential works. We appreciate that this may be an inconvenience to shoppers who currently use this entrance to the centre, but the safety and wellbeing of our customers is paramount both during the works and going forward. We have taken measures and independently funded the creation of a further pedestrian crossing to aid customers’ journey into the centre whilst works are ongoing and we thank our shoppers in advance for their patience and understanding.
The refurbishment of the bridge is another step towards an exciting community hub for everyone to enjoy”.