Telford Shopping Centre's Green Shed To Be demolished

Plans for the demolition of the little-loved “Green Shed” in Telford town centre have been revealed by Sovereign Land, which is masterminding the £200 million, five-year Telford Shopping Centre redevelopment strategy. 
 
A “notification of the demolition of the building” application has been submitted to Telford & Wrekin Council for approval.  The removal of the building, which previously traded as FOCUS, is a necessary precursor to the development of the site as the Southern Quarter, one of the first phases of the major redevelopment plan to be brought forward.   

Subject to the Council’s decision, demolition will take place over the summer.
 
The project team – led by Benoy architects – is currently working up detailed plans for the site which will include an exciting new building that will incorporate a number of new restaurants and cafés, extending leisure activity along the east west route across Brown Elm car park from the new Southwater development towards the new Asda.   Work is also progressing on detailed plans for the Northern Quarter scheme, which will replace the old ASDA store.
 
A cluster of restaurants is envisaged for the Southern Quarter, extending the Southwater experience and forming a new space that will promote additional pavement dining and extended operating hours within the town centre - one of the key objectives of the masterplan.  The design is set to be contemporary and timeless with a material palette that reflects the modern buildings whilst also referring to the local Telford context.
 
Built in 1981, the Green Shed is constructed from pre-stressed aluminium panels to the exterior and some 90% of the structure will be recycled during the demolition process.
 
Public consultation about the plans for the redevelopment will start in the next few months with a view to submitting detailed planning applications during the summer.
 
The previous occupier of the Green Shed, Turners Furniture, has relocated into a unit in New Street in the Telford Shopping Centre near 99p Stores.
 
GL Hearn is planning consultant for the Telford Shopping Centre redevelopment.