Work starts on retail park at former St Albans gasworks

Work has started on the construction of three new retail units at a former gasworks site in Hertfordshire, main contractor MCS Group has announced.

Consolidated Property Group (CPG) awarded the £9 million construction contract to MCS Group to deliver the units, at Griffiths Way, St Albans, which will be occupied by B&Q, Aldi and Costa Coffee.

The scheme on land formerly owned by National Grid includes units ranging in size on a prime retail site adjacent to Sainsbury’s, Matalan, Pets at Home and Bunnings.

Alan Shadbolt, group commercial director at Midlands-based MCS Group, said: “CPG is delivering a high quality retail park on a site that has been in real need of redevelopment, bringing new jobs and investment to St Albans.

“We are very pleased to have been awarded the contract and are excited to be working alongside CPG and architects Fletcher Rae to create an excellent new retail destination surrounded by well known stores and supermarkets.”

The B&Q unit will be the largest at 46,000 sq ft, while the Aldi unit is 19,000 sq ft and Costa Coffee is 2,200 sq ft.

The 41-week project is expected to reach practical completion in summer 2020. Project engineers are RVW Consulting.

MCS Group is building a reputation as one of the industrial and warehouse sector’s leading construction companies. The company has also built and refurbished more than 300 car dealerships including Audi, BMW, McLaren and Jaguar Land Rover since its inception in 2003.