Hatfield Regeneration Programme Reaches a Major Milestone with the Opening of One Town Centre

Councillors and staff from WHBC cutting a ribbon at ONE Town Centre

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is delighted to announce the opening of Hatfield One Town Centre, a landmark housing and commercial development that will transform the town centre.

The official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony took place on 6 September with the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Pankit Shah, Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Zukowskyj, WHBC Chief Executive Ka Ng as well as representatives from the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Homes England and developers Lovell in attendance.

Hatfield One Town Centre is a key component of the council’s Hatfield Town Centre regeneration programme, which aims to breathe new life into the town and make it a thriving and attractive place for people to live, work and enjoy.

Building on the success of the ongoing transformation of Hatfield Town Centre, which includes the stunning transformation of White Lion Square, the innovative design and construction of the award-winning Common Multi Storey Car Park, these projects have been made possible by the support from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Homes England.

The One Town Centre redevelopment, will provide 71 modern homes, including 38 socially rented flats, as well as new retail and leisure spaces. The new homes are designed to support the borough’s climate pledge by being built without gas and instead utilising low energy Nilan units providing heating and hot water.  The development is being delivered by Lovell Partnership, a leading provider of partnership housing.

Following the completion of One Town Centre, the council will continue to work with Lovell Partnership on the Link Drive project, which will see the construction of 80 contemporary apartments on the Link Drive Car Park site. The project is due to be completed in 2024.

Cllr Paul Zukowskyj, Leader of the Council, said:

“One Town Centre, Hatfield is a notable achievement for our Borough, completing yet another redevelopment of part of Hatfield Town Centre, bringing it right up to date in the 21st century as a really attractive new place. It is a boost for our economy and a testament to our commitment to sustainability and green innovation. It is also well connected to public transport and cycling so really does provide sustainable place to live. I invite everyone to come and enjoy the new look and feel of Hatfield Town Centre!”  

Cllr Lynn Chesterman OBE, WHBC Deputy Leader, said:

“The One Town Centre development breathes new life into this part of Hatfield, providing a key gateway to the town.  As the Portfolio Holder for Housing, I am really pleased that 38 of the 71 homes are affordable housing units, providing much needed support to people living in the borough.” 

Mick Laws, Regional Managing Director, Lovell, said:

“We are delighted to see this project now coming to a great conclusion and value our excellent working relationship with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council as we continue to construct sister project Link Drive.”

Published: 8th September 2023