Project to deliver new toilet facilities and improved shopping experience

Work will begin today (Monday 25 January) on new and improved toilet facilities at Maylord Orchards shopping centre, Hereford.

Herefordshire Council secured control of the Centre, located in the heart of Hereford, in June 2020 with a view to redeveloping the site to support the regeneration of the City Centre. The £100k investment in the Centre will also see improvements to enable a number of vacant units to be utilised by pop up retailers, bringing benefits for existing and potential businesses as well as the public.

Councillor Gemma Davies, Cabinet member for Commissioning, Procurement and Assets, said: “I am delighted that work is due to begin on improving the Maylord Orchards shopping centre, which is one of the most prominent features of Hereford and a key element of our ambitions to regenerate the City Centre.

“These works are great news for shoppers, visitors, existing and new businesses, and the City Centre as a whole. The result will be a much improved shopping experience with new and improved facilities that will help to further increase footfall and boost local businesses. It is a tough time for the high street nationwide, so projects like these are more important than ever to help support businesses and promote the growth of our local economy when we are able to welcome people back to the town centre after the Covid-19 restrictions.”

The improvements to Maylord Orchards are one of five projects that will be delivered by the end of March using £750k from the government’s Accelerated Towns Fund.

Further improvement works to the shopping centre are due to be delivered during 2021/22.