Basildon Council seeking ideas from developers to replace Post Office building

BASILDON Council is currently accepting proposals from developers for a key site in the town centre.

The authority is inviting suggestions for building projects on the former Post Office site in East Square.

A public meeting heard on Tuesday November 26, that the landmark is currently being demolished alongside a large chunk of Freedom House.

A council officer told the Town Centre Revival Committee during a presentation: “That’s an image of the former Post Office block before it was being demolished. It is now being demolished. We are doing work as part of the masterplan on this as a key priority site.

“We are gearing up for completion of the masterplan and then moving that site forward into a more detailed design – so progressing procurement around a detailed design team.”

The bulk of the former Freedom House site will be used to accommodate a new multiplex cinema and six restaurants – but the fate of the former Post Office is not yet known.

Labour council leader Gavin Callaghan told the YA: “We have just acquired that this year and we are currently doing two things on it.

“We are inviting people to come forward with ideas and bids, and we have a multi-disciplinary team starting to look at different uses for the site – what it could be and couldn’t be.

“We are talking to developers. We have had one of the country’s leading developers in yesterday to tell us what they think they can do with certain sites.

“The masterplan will be finalised for March and that will have more concrete ideas.”

The council is currently developing a masterplan for a major regeneration of the town centre.

A prior masterplan, drawn up in 2012, has been abandoned after councillors said it was out of date and relied too heavily on retail, which has continued to suffer since 2012 due to the rise of internet shopping, which has seen several major chains pull out of the town centre.

Charles Thomson

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