A Sainsbury’s Local supermarket is included in a new 130-home development which is expected to transform the Maylands area of Hemel Hempstead.
Hightown Homes’ new Maylands Plaza scheme, which is being built on the site of a empty call centre, will include other commercial units in a parade of shops, a public square, and two blocks of one and two-bedroom apartments.
Adeyfield Free Church will also move to the new development on Maylands Avenue from its current home in Leverstock Green Road.
Housing association Hightown, which is based across the road from the site, hopes the scheme will create a vibrant hub for businesses and employees working in Maylands.
It follows Dacorum Borough Council’s vision for the area as set out in its 2007 Maylands Master Plan and the 2010 Heart of Maylands Development Brief.
Hightown has invested nearly £43m in building 300 homes in the town in recent years and earlier this month applied for planning permission to develop 87 flats on the nearby Viking House site in Swallowdale Lane.
Hightown Development director George Edkins said: “We’re delighted to have Allenbuild, Adeyfield Free Church and Sainsbury’s as our partners in this exciting scheme.
“Hightown is committed to rejuvenating Hemel Hempstead as well as providing the area with much-needed affordable housing.”
Contractor Allenbuild will begin work on the site later this year, with the first residents set to move into their new affordable homes by the end of 2017.
Keith Young, director of Allenbuild Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be able to undertake this exciting construction project and to be working closely with Hightown.”