The delayed first phase of a major £2.5million development in a seaside town is set to be up and running in the next few weeks.
Amble’s ambitious Harbour Village, which includes the construction of 15 retail pods and a seafood centre, is taking shape.
A full launch of the scheme is planned for the end of March, but the initial stage – which would see up to 12 retail units ready to open for business – is expected to be finished in the next few weeks.
It follows a delay in unveiling this part of the development, which was previously planned to open in December,
Harbour village coordinator Sarah Dunne said: “We have been advised that phase one of the site will be ready by end of January at the latest.
“We have four businesses signed up and two reserved pods and a number of interested businesses, but all inquiries are welcome as there are still some pods available.
“We are now focussing on a full launch planned for March 28, which would follow the hand over of the remaining pods and the seafood centre, but some businesses will be up and trading from the pods from February.
“I would like to apologise for the cancellation of the planned phase-one opening prior to Christmas. With the project being so unique and the pods being of bespoke construction, we encountered some delays which were further hindered by the weather.”
As part of the Harbour Village project, a new Coquet Shorebase Trust building is being developed and construction is well under way.
The new facility, next to Amble Boat Club, will provide safer, cleaner and more spacious accommodation for watersports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.
Work is also taking place on linking the harbour area and the marina.
Meanwhile, the Culinary Institute of Northumbria, which comes as part of the wider vision to market Amble as a seafood town, is up and running, offering a range of catering and hospitality courses are on offer.
For more information about the Harbour Village, visit ambleharbourvillage.co.uk
To inquire about the pods, which are suitable for small businesses in the arts, crafts, gifts, food and drink, leisure/tourism sectors, call Sarah on 01665 712929 or email Sarah@ambledevelopmenttrust.org.uk