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Try, Tarmac, Bellway in retail/housing job

TRY, Tarmac and Bellway are set to start work on a new retail park/housing development on the site of the former Friern Hospital at Barnet, north London.

Barnet councils development and protection committee has now given the final thumbs-up to the project and the 11,750 sq m Friern Bridge Retail Park will now open for business during November 1997.

Construction work is due to start on the 6 ha retail park and the 4 ha housing development.

Try and Tarmac will handle the retail park while Try Homes and Bellway Homes will take care of the residential side, which consists of 138 homes, due for completion during the latter part of 1997.

The projects developers will contribute 250,000 to the London Borough of Barnet for highways and environmental improvements and 6 ha of open space will be created for public use as a condition of planning permission.

The hospital itself, a listed building, will not form part of the Friern Bridge scheme.

In a separate deal Brookstream, a north London developer, plans to convert and extend the hospital to form 284 apartments.