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St Edmundsbury Borough Council appoints Barnes Construction as pre-construction contractors for £8.4m former Post Office development in Bury St Edmunds

The £8.4 million project to develop the former Post Office in Bury St Edmunds has taken a step forward.

Pre-construction contractors have now been appointed, with St Edmundsbury Borough Council expecting to submit a planning application in February.

This is a slight delay to its original intention to apply by the end of the year, however a spokesman said the change would give more people the opportunity to see the plans.

The council bought the former post office site, at 17-18 Cornhill, for £1.68 million in October 2017 and voted to spend £6.72 million on the redevelopment in April.

The plans – which would see the historic facade retained, Market Thoroughfare widened, an improved aspect to St Andrew's Street South, shops and up to 12 flats created – were showcased to the public in June and July.

Now, Barnes Construction has been appointed pre-construction contractor.

Cllr Susan Glossop, cabinet member for planning and growth at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said advice from Barnes would help to ensure the council's hope for improvements to Market Thoroughfare and St Andrew's Street South remained 'realistic and achievable'.

Cllr John Griffiths, council leader, said Barnes Construction's appointment was an important milestone and he was 'delighted' to have the firm on board.

Mark Bailey, Barnes Construction director, said: “We are keen to develop a build programme that minimises disruption to the town centre.”

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