Works have continued through the lockdown

Changes to iconic Peterborough buildings as construction work continues through pandemic

Iconic buildings in Peterborough are continuing to be transformed during the coronavirus crisis.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 9:38 am

While much of the city shut down during the lockdown, construction and demolition works have continued.

One of the biggest projects is the transformation of the old Toys R Us site on Bourges Boulevard, which was destroyed in a fire last year.

Work is now taking place to turn it into an Iceland warehouse and store, and a Home Bargains store. The unit had been empty after Toys R Use went bust in 2018.

The project to turn the old Bridge Street Police Station into a hotel has almost finished.

The site is being turned into a 126 room Premier Inn, with works expected to be completed later this year. When planning permission was granted, it was hoped the hotel would provide 37 new jobs in the city.

The old police station was completely demolished to make way for the new hotel.

A new hotel is also being planned for Fletton Quays, although work has not started yet, with construction on flats still taking place.

Flats are also being created at the old Job Centre on Broadway> Plans were submitted in 2018 to turn the building into 98 apartments of which 83 will be one bedroom and 15 will be two bedrooms.

And the works to build a new Empire cinema at Queensgate is still taking place. The full project is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.

Railway workers have also been creating a dive under at Werrington Junction.

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