A Letter from Nantwich update  

April 2013 

Prestigious store brings jobs to town

THE new Marks and Spencer Simply Food outlet, on the former Nantwich Health Centre site in Beam Street, opened on April 10, 2013. [UPDATE: The outlet was renamed Marks and Spencer Foodhall in 2016],

   Its opening provided jobs for 60 employees in the food and drink outlet and there was a separate cafe seating 50 customers.

    Pochin Construction produced the shell of the building.

    Eventus Properties Ltd, of Wigan, announced on their website that: "As of the 1st of February (2012) the site was granted planning permission and Marks and Spencer have taken up the lease of the building.  The

(building) will have 10,000 sq ft of retail space with


a 5,000 sq ft mezzanine level for staff room/storage and 22 car parking spaces." 


l I had always been led to believe that M&S would not open a Nantwich store because it already had


one in Crewe, just four miles away. But a couple who attended a public meeting about the future of the health centre, in June 2011, told me that at that meeting they had seen plans for a two-storey building on the site.





The old health centre in Beam Street as it succumbed to the demolition men in early March 2012. On the right is the replacement building, Church View Primary Care Centre. Below, another view of the old building - the former entrance facing the Library

AFTER a wait - probably not all that long as waits go - while a new use was found for the former health centre building next to the library in Beam Street, the demolition men moved on to the site in early March 2012.

   At last, the building with its boarded-up windows was on the way out and all was set for a new building to occupy the site. A Marks and Spencer food outlet would be built and, if all went to plan, it would open in September - just in time to be involved in the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival.     

   First, wire fencing was erected round the edges


of the site and trees on Beam Street were felled.

   Eventus Properties Ltd, of Wigan, would be working with Keyworker Homes (North West) Ltd of Blackpool.

   The Eventus website said the two companies joined forces to acquire "an old medical centre in the lively town centre of Nantwich, Crewe."

  To be a little nit-picking about that statement, Nantwich and Crewe are regarded very much as separate entities by older residents at least - and never the twain shall meet!

   Still, Nantwich is in the Cheshire East Council Borough now, and it was, of course, the latter


authority which gave the go-ahead for the new store on February 1.  




The day after the pictures above were taken, the digger "chews" its way along the line of the old building.










Machinery and men get to work at ground level

for the new M and S food outlet on July 7, 2012.



This is the corner of Beam Street and the unnamed road running to the Civic Hall car park as it was on March 6, 2012.

  To the left is the Church View Primary Care Centre with St Mary's Church in the town centre behind it. The public library is to the right.

   The boundary land behind the fencing contains the trunks of the felled trees with the branches of the trees acting as an extra barrier.

   The smaller picture at the top left of this page shows the same view after the building was completed.

   The church tower is still seen from Beam Street.





This was an artist's impression of how the store would look from high above the Civic Hall car park, and to the left of Church View Primary Care Centre. The store's car parking area is in the foreground and in the far distance, right, is Cheyne Hall Day Services building.  To the top left is the rear of the library and below that can be seen a shadow cast by the backstage area of the Civic Hall.

Picture used with the permission of Eventus Properties

The original letter about the health clinic | www.eventusproperties.co.uk | www.keyworkerhomesltd.co.uk

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