Elms Field Delivery and Programme

Key Dates

This table will be updated with key dates as work progresses. Please note that, unless otherwise stated, dates relate to construction works as opposed to individual tenants opening dates.




Planning Consent granted (153125) 

06 April 2016

Stage 1 procurement of build contractor

Spring - Summer 2017 (COMPLETE)

 Stage 2 procurement of build contractor (McLaughlin & Harvey now appointed)

Summer 2017 - late 2017 (COMPLETE)

pre-construction works on site  (ongoing works in preparation for main construction works. Including surveys, investigations, archaeologoical studies, site clearance, arboricultural works etc)

Summer 2017 - mid-March 2018 (ONSITE)

Completion of DfT Highways Stopping up order process

07 December 2017 (COMPLETE)

Handover of site to McLaughlin & Harvey and closure of the open space, play area and Wellington House car parks

Monday 19 March 2018 (NOW CLOSED)

Closure of the Paddocks Car Park  

From midnight on Saturday 24 March (NOW CLOSED)

Commencement of main construction works on site  (see below for a plan showing the different phasing areas)

Mid-March 2018 (ONSITE)

Area M1 

Northern retail block, cinema and apartments above retail  

March 2018 to end 2019 (ONSITE)

Area M2

Southern retail block wrapped round the foodstore, apartment above and houses at bottom of Denmark Street  

March 2018 to autumn 2019 (ONSITE) 

Area M2

Utilities and highways works to the bottom of Denmark Street. Requires a closure of lane adjacent to site between the Library and Carnival roundabouts   

Closure to commence from 21 May 2018. Work expected to take around 3 months (ONSITE)

Please refer to the press release for further information 


Area M3

Aldi foodstore   

March 2018 to spring 2019 (ONSITE)

Store due to be handed over to Aldi in early 2019 with the store set to open summer 2019

Area M4

Premier Inn hotel  

March 2018 to late summer 2019 (ONSITE)

Earle Crescent (New road around park)

The western section of Earle Crescent (linking down to Wellington Road) will remain closed whilst the new houses are constructed around the park.

Opened (partial) 20 March 2019

Find out more on our latest news page

Biscoe Way (New extension road linking Earle Crescent to Shute End)

This section will link Elms Road through to Shute End.  

Opened (partial) 20 March 2019

Find out more on our latest news page

New park

Including destination play area, landscaping and utilities for events  

Open summer 2019

David Wilson Homes Residential

Houses and apartments around the park and along new extension road  

Work commences spring 2019 with phased completion from 2020

Complete main phases on site 

From 2019 

Phasing Plan

The following image shows the different areas



Main Works

In September 2017 work started to deliver the Elms Field proposals.

Due to the nature of the work it is expected the work will be phased and developed in stages, with early works including the creation of the new road around the edges of the park, which needs to be completed before the existing Elms Road access is closed.

The council has now appointed their contractor, McLaughlin & Harvey, and has started programming in a range of pre-construction and construction works over the comining months in preparation for main construction in mid-March. 

The Council are curently working up the detailed programme for Elms Field. This will include details such as the timing of the new road and park/play area, the phasing of any car park closures or restrictions, and when different elements, such as the hotel and foodstore, the northern commercial block with the cinema, and the different residential elements will be completed

It is expected that individual elements can be phased carefully and opened once completed rather than at the end of the project.



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