Exciting plans to transform the heart of Grimsby have been given a major boost today with the appointment of a specialist development management organisation to lead the project.

Queensberry, a nationally recognised regeneration specialist has been brought on board to drive the “Future High Streets” town centre project forward which will create a mixed use cinema and leisure space and a new market in the centre of Grimsby.

Queensberry will coordinate the whole project, from overseeing the work to progressing planning applications, developing the business plans, through to the construction of the new facilities.

Queensberry has been working in partnership with local authority clients for over 10 years and is a proven market leader in unlocking development potential in regional towns and cities. They are currently working on a number of urban regeneration schemes that is transforming places including Barnsley, Sheffield, Doncaster, Nuneaton as well as several in London.

Cllr Callum Procter, Cabinet member for Economic Growth at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“I’m delighted to have Queensberry on board to help us really push on with our plans to transform the heart of the town and build on the great work that’s already been done at St James’ Square and Garth Lane.”

Paul Sargent, CEO Queensberry said:

“We can’t wait to get started on the scheme with Freshney Place and the Council. We have a huge amount of experience of working with local authorities and understand the challenges that lay ahead. We recognise that Grimsby has its own personality and we will work closely with the Council and the community to restore civic pride and deliver a sustainable long term future for the town.”

This decision means that the Council, in partnership with town centre regeneration specialist, Queensberry, will now progress to the design and consultation phase, with plans to consult local residents and businesses to be announced in the coming weeks.

Earlier this year, the government awarded £17.3 million for the Future High Streets Fund bid from the Council and the owners of Freshney Place Shopping Centre.