TRIQS’ Top 5 construction projects in UK towns

You may have seen our TRIQS City Spotlight series, where we highlight some of the key developments and projects taking place across UK cities! Check it out here.

But these aren’t the only places where exciting things are happening! We’ve put together our top 5 construction projects across different towns across the country.


Earlier this year, Reading Borough Council chose McLaren Living to lead its £250m Minster Quarter Central Scheme. This will see the construction of 600 new homes, commercial facilities including workspaces, retail, food and beverage, and a new town centre square.

The 5.2-acre site earmarked for development was originally occupied by the Civic Centre; this will now become a gateway to the Hexagon Theatre and new Studio Theatre!

This is just part of a wider regeneration scheme for the Minster Quarter, which in the future should also see the redevelopment of Thames Valley Police Station, Broad Street Mall and the creation of a cultural campus in the centre of Reading.


Another UK town that has been undergoing exciting development is Northampton, which has even been called “ahead of the curve” by its council. 

One of the key areas of regeneration is the Market Square, with the council funding tackling asbestos in former department stores so they can be demolished, along with adding new water features, improved seating and new paving slabs to attract more visitors to the centre. This is set for completion this year.


Luton’s Hat Gardens recently won ‘Project of the Year’ at the National Building and Construction Awards!

This £1.9m project saw derelict land on Bute Street transformed into a community space, led by Reybridge. Since its formal opening in 2023, over 25 events have been held in this new space. 


Heading north to Wigan, PP O’Connor will be working on the next phase of the £135m Wigan Galleries project. Following an 18 month demolition programme that finished in February, ground enabling works have now commenced.

Within this new phase of development, there will be a new market hall and food court along with a 144-bedroom hotel, followed by the start of construction for the Pavilion building, and the cinema and leisure space.


Doncaster has received a lot of press recently for their construction projects, particularly the multimillion pound upgrade to the iPort Rail inland port. 

Led by Winvic, this project will double the size of the terminal extension, allowing for an increased number of trains to enter the port and thus promote the long distance, low carbon movement of goods. 

Which other UK town projects are you most excited about, or have made a huge impact on their area? Let us know, and make sure you follow @TRIQSConsulting on social media for the latest industry updates.