The preferred developer for Northampton's Greyfriars site has begun ground investigations there.
Various checks will take place this month on the old bus station site - which was demolished last year.
Proposals include shops, restaurants, housing and a cinema. The Borough Council is expected to consider a formal agreement with the developer next year.
"It's great to see the company making a start on site investigations, which further demonstrates their confidence in taking the scheme forward. We believe the scheme will be of huge benefit to Northampton, bringing more people to live in the area, and creating some fantastic facilities which will tie it into the wider town centre."
During the next fortnight, the developer's construction partner, R G Carter, has arranged for its in-house soils investigation company to bore piles over 20-metres deep.
The soil conditions will be analysed to ensure that the scheme is designed as efficiently as possible, ensuring best value from the outset. It will also help determine the type of construction for the striking scheme.
Following our selection as the Council's partner in September, we are pleased to be making good progress on all fronts. In order to meet the delivery programme, we have commissioned Carter to carry out the technical due diligence like these soil surveys, commissioned Bidwells to coordinate the preparation of the planning application, and Peter Brett Associates to start the Highway design. This is all in tandem with documenting the legal arrangements."
Winter Food Festival: Sat 12th - Sun 13th November (County Cricket Ground, Northampton)
Northampton Winter Food Festival takes place this weekend.
Visitors can enjoy warming winter treats, shopping for gifts and simply getting ready for the festive season.
There’ll be more than 80 food and drink producers, alongside chef demonstrations, free wine tastings, foodie workshops and talks.
Great British Bake Off star Howard Middleton, and Masterchef semi-finalist Jen Charlton will be among the cooks on the demo stage.
Visit the Foodies Lounge for a series of foodie talks from local food heroes and free samples.
If food is your thing, then the Northampton Winter Food Festival is the place to be this weekend.
We have over 80 artisan food and drink stalls, gifts, chef demos all weekend, foodie talks with free samples, free wine tasting sessions, a street food market, kids cookery classes and more.”
For times, prices and more information: www.winterfood.co.uk
A man in his forties has died following an incident earlier today at the Carlsberg factory in Northampton.Read the full story ›
CCTV has been released after a woman was allegedly inappropriately touched while at NB's nightclub in Bridge Street, Northampton.
At around 2.50am on Thursday, 15 September, the woman was with her boyfriend at the club when the incident is said to have taken place. A physical altercation then occurred between the woman’s boyfriend and the suspect.
Officers have released a CCTV image of a man, wearing a pink shirt and dark trousers, who they wish to speak with in connection with the incident.
The man pictured was with a group of men who may also have important information.
A cheque processing company is to close 7 sites across the country, including one in Essex, with the loss of 600 jobs.Read the full story ›
A planning application to redevelop the University of Northampton's Avenue Campus has been submitted to the Council.
It's so 200 homes can be built on the site when the University relocates to a new £330 million campus.
Northampton have beaten Newcastle 16-24 in The Anglo-Welsh Cup.
The Saints next face Gloucester Rugby in Franklin's Gardens on 12th November.
Louis Nethercott and Anthony Lambert want to cross the world's largest islands using just their survival skills.Read the full story ›
Police in Northampton are investigating an attack in The Mounts area of the town.
A man is thought to have pinned a woman against a wall in Bailiff Street at about 10 o'clock last Thursday morning. Two members of the public are believed to have pulled him away.
The offender is described as being a man in his late 40s, about 6ft, with light ginger 'afro style' hair and stubble on his face. He wore a black bomber jacket and was of medium build.
Anyone with information can contact Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A gang of up to 10 people attacked and robbed a man by the entrance to Northampton's bus station.
It happened on the junction of Bradshaw Street and Drapery some time between 6.40pm and 7.20pm last Thursday (October 27).
The victim saw another man being kicked on the floor and when he tried to intervene, he was set upon by the gang, who punched and kicked him to the floor before making off with a quantity of cash.
All the gang members were described as male and black.