Developer appointed to rebuild 'essential' Triangle Shops

Echo: Sandra and Stephen Hillier outside the Triangle Shops Sandra and Stephen Hillier outside the Triangle Shops

A contractor has finally been selected to carry out the long-awaited rebuild of a busy shopping complex – but they have come at a price.

Diamond Build PLC has been chosen by Basildon Council to resurrect the Triangle Shops in Langdon Hills after the popular precinct was turned to rubble following a fire in January 2013.

The contract is worth £1.8million, but the Tory administration has had to pay £285,000 extra to secure the company, after previous attempts to find a developer failed.

Work will start inMay. Some of the extra cost will go towards fitting sprinklers inside the building. Four of the previous shops on the site were destroyed in the blaze.

Sandra Hillier, Tory councillor for Langdon Hills, said: “The shops in the west of Basildon are dire and there are a lot of elderly people in the area.

“It’s an essential complex, which is much valued by residents, so the sooner it is built the better.

“In hindsight it probably wasn’t the best idea to go to tender over Christmas, but I understand the extra cost can partly be explained by the sprinkler system. The safety of residents and tenants is paramount.”

The project has been beset by delays, with a completion date of September this year looking unlikely. It will probably now be April next year.

Councillors claim the new complex will be better than ever, with two extra units added to the original four, and five flats above.

An extra six car parking spaces will also be created, bringing the total to 25.

Four shops – McColl’s newsagents, Hong Kong House Chinese, Elizabeth Louise hair and beauty salon and the chip shop – have indicated theywill return.

The rebuild will be funded by an insurance payout, and the Tory administration has borrowed £1.1million. The extra £285,000 will come from the council’s capital budget.

 

Local delight at plans

RESIDENTS are delighted the rebuild could finally happen.

More than 15 months after the Triangle Shops burned down, locals claim they expected work to have at least started by now.

But the news that work could finally begin by the end of May has been welcomed.

Jenny Thorpe, from the Langdon Hills Estate Resident’s Association, said: “It’s excellent news they have got in a good company and work is starting soon.

“It’s a bit disappointing they have had to pay out more than they budgeted for, as that money has to come from somewhere.

“But if we’re getting a good rebuild, with good shops, then residents will be happy.”

Martin McColls launched a pop-up newsagents shop in the car park of the site last autumn to give residents a temporary convenience store.

David Burton-Sampson, also from the association, said: “It’s disappointing this has taken so long, but hopefully the rebuild will happen soon and residents and the businesses will have their shops back.”

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11:06am Fri 4 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

What is it with Laindon and shops?

Let's hope the Council get this stop/start rebuild sorted. It's beenfar too long already.
What is it with Laindon and shops? Let's hope the Council get this stop/start rebuild sorted. It's beenfar too long already. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

12:05pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Ian P says...

If the rebuild contract is for £1.8mil and the council has had to borrow £1.1mil and find almost £300K from elsewhere it looks like the old complex was heavily under insured.
If the rebuild contract is for £1.8mil and the council has had to borrow £1.1mil and find almost £300K from elsewhere it looks like the old complex was heavily under insured. Ian P
  • Score: 6

12:41pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Ian P wrote:
If the rebuild contract is for £1.8mil and the council has had to borrow £1.1mil and find almost £300K from elsewhere it looks like the old complex was heavily under insured.
They're bound to use that as an excuse to sell of yet more greesoace/parkland.

They can't play the Sporting Village card anymore you see as it has been reported on this website and in print media that they have finally paid (£41m+ apparently) for the £29m complex
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: If the rebuild contract is for £1.8mil and the council has had to borrow £1.1mil and find almost £300K from elsewhere it looks like the old complex was heavily under insured.[/p][/quote]They're bound to use that as an excuse to sell of yet more greesoace/parkland. They can't play the Sporting Village card anymore you see as it has been reported on this website and in print media that they have finally paid (£41m+ apparently) for the £29m complex Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

1:29pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

You can tell it's nearly election time.
You can tell it's nearly election time. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 5

2:14pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Some holding out for the brown envelopes..
Some holding out for the brown envelopes.. ThisYear
  • Score: 2

2:48pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Discouraged says...

If I become a councillor and approve planning permission for something big do I get a commission?
If I become a councillor and approve planning permission for something big do I get a commission? Discouraged
  • Score: 2

3:44pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Discouraged wrote:
If I become a councillor and approve planning permission for something big do I get a commission?
Not officially...but officially doesn't cover everything does it?
[quote][p][bold]Discouraged[/bold] wrote: If I become a councillor and approve planning permission for something big do I get a commission?[/p][/quote]Not officially...but officially doesn't cover everything does it? ThisYear
  • Score: 2

3:45pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
You can tell it's nearly election time.
Because you are drooling from the corners of your mouth?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: You can tell it's nearly election time.[/p][/quote]Because you are drooling from the corners of your mouth? ThisYear
  • Score: 0

4:22pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Discouraged wrote:
If I become a councillor and approve planning permission for something big do I get a commission?
And all the pies and ale you can consume
[quote][p][bold]Discouraged[/bold] wrote: If I become a councillor and approve planning permission for something big do I get a commission?[/p][/quote]And all the pies and ale you can consume Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

4:59pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Mikkel1 says...

Will it be Basildon, or Langdon Hills? It is impossible to put one building in Two places.
Will it be Basildon, or Langdon Hills? It is impossible to put one building in Two places. Mikkel1
  • Score: 1

6:30pm Fri 4 Apr 14

TheWizzard says...

Why do they need to borrow 1.1 million when John Dornan recently said they had 24 million in reserves?
Why do they need to borrow 1.1 million when John Dornan recently said they had 24 million in reserves? TheWizzard
  • Score: 3

9:13pm Fri 4 Apr 14

bazza 1 says...

How about getting someone ( anyone) to tidy up the Laindon S**t, sorry, Shopping Centre. It really does look like a Syrian war zone on a bad day.
How about getting someone ( anyone) to tidy up the Laindon S**t, sorry, Shopping Centre. It really does look like a Syrian war zone on a bad day. bazza 1
  • Score: 5

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