Mayor of Bedford visits site at St Paul’s Square

Parrott Construction Ltd recently hosted a visit and tour at the venue of one of their current conversion projects, which was attended by a number of interested parties including the Major of Bedford.

On Monday 20th October, the site of the prestigious historic refurbishment project located at St Paul’s Square, Bedford held the very interesting event.

The four historical buildings, three of which are listed, are in the process of being converted into flats by Parrott Construction Ltd. after standing unused and empty for 40 years.

Work is currently underway on the buildings, situated 1-4 St Paul’s Square, to renovate them into 10 new affordable flats.

The day was attended by many interested parties, including:-

  • Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson
  • Rod Calvert – Beds and Luton Chamber of Commerce
  • Amanda Coates – Secretary of Bedford Architectural Heritage Trust
  • David Fletcher – Secretary of Planning sub-committee, Bedford Architectural, Archaeological and Local History Society
  • Rae Levene – Vice Chair of Bedford Business Improvement District
  • Ian Johnson – Service Manager Heritage and Compliance (Planning), Bedford Borough Council
  • Nancy Falloon – THI Project Manager
  • Sian Hughes – Economic Development, Bedford Borough Council (photographer)
  • David Wilkins – Asst. Director of Construction @ Bedford College
  • Wendy Jones – Representative of St Paul’s Church
  • Joe Cook – Executive Director of Sales & Development, Aldwyck Housing Group
  • Simone Marsberg – Senior Project Manager, Aldwyck Housing Group
  • Keith Edwards – Head of Development and New Business, Aldwyck Housing Group
  • Michael David – Homes & Communities Agency

Together with;

  • David Moore – Construction Director, Parrott Construction
  • Chris Layram – Managing Director, Parrott Construction
  • Steve Juffs – Site Manager, Parrott Construction

The party received a tour around the site, guided by Parrott Construction’s Manager Steve Juffs, and Mr Ian Johnson gave a very interesting commentary on the history and past construction of the building.

He explained, Number 1 St Paul’s Square, a 16th century building, has previously been used as an inn, a home, auction house, stockbrokers and most recently as the county architect’s office.

Numbers 2-3 were built in the 18th century.

Number 4 was the last to be built as the original vicarage to St Paul’s Church.

All of the building will be converted into modern flats funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Bedford Borough Council, and the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

It is planned that further tours around the construction site will take place as the refurbishment develops.

Further updates on this important, prestigious local development will feature on our website as work progresses.