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We’re back with our #FacesOfNorthgateYard series today!

Michael Mackey, Construction Manager at Willmott Dixon, has been instrumental in the development of Northgate Yard. We spoke with him about his time developing Northgate Yard in Bridgwater, Somerset.

You can read our Q&A below.

Hi Michael – obviously you’ve been heavily involved with the development of Northgate Yard in Bridgwater. If you had to pick your favourite thing about Bridgwater, what would it be?

There is a strong community spirit and identity within Bridgwater which can be seen right through from the numerous local businesses and groups that we have been involved with, all fully supported by the Councils.

Wow – that’s lovely. When you think of Northgate Yard, what elements do you think it will offer Bridgwater in the long-term?

It will bring a vibrant nightlife for local residents and visitors alike which will improve the economic value to Bridgwater town centre.

That all sounds very positive. And on the note of positivity, we know that sustainability has been at the core of development whilst building Northgate Yard – can you tell us more about this?

The Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS) is a great example of how sustainable the development is. This SuDS deals with storm water from impermeable surfaces and aids flood prevention by incorporating a swale/pond within the reconfigured green space, Brewery Field. This attenuates and filters the storm water before being discharged into the local drainage network.

A diagram of the Sustainable Urban Drainage System in Brewery Field

Impressive stuff! Could you tell us a cool statistic about the build itself?

400 tonnes of structural Steelwork has been used within the Cinema and A3 Units!

As you start handing over the site to the internal fit-out team, is there anything else you would like to say about Willmott Dixon or Northgate Yard? 

Willmott Dixon believe in having a purpose beyond profit when working within our customers local community. So we have been involved with various community projects over the project period such as providing a sensory garden to northgate nursery / primary school. We also provided a defibrillator to the school for community use to support first responders ability to save life. We also assisted the Trussell Trust at Bridgwater Foodbank in the removal of their existing annexe and tree stump to allow them to construct a new purpose built storage facility. We have also had numerous site visits from local resident and Northgate Primary school and issued a regular newsletter to local residents to inform on the construction works as it progresses. We have supported T Level students / apprentices from Bridgwater & Taunton College as well as supporting 2no operatives from Key for Life young offender programme.

Thanks Michael– we can’t wait until Northgate Yard opens!

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