SLIDESHOW: Sneak peek into new Lancaster Primark store

Pictures have been released which show the first glimpse of construction work taking place on the new Primark store in Lancaster.

The popular retail chain is set to open next Easter but work has been slow in progress as the build suffered a number of setbacks.

Construction work takes place on the new Primark store in Lancaster.

Construction work takes place on the new Primark store in Lancaster.

The 50,000 sq ft building has been the point of controversy over the past few months.

Primark, which is taking over the former market hall, was originally set to open last Christmas but was pushed back after the main builders went into administration.

GB Building Solutions went into administration in March which set back the completion date to Easter 2016.

Askam Civil Engineering Ltd took over and work was back on track.

But the period of waiting for a new contractor caused anger between shoppers and local businesses. Businesses along King Street and Middle Street claimed they lost trade since the work took place as key routes from the town centre were shut off.

Gillison’s Lane, a crucial route for footfall as it acted as a shortcut for customers from the high street, remained closed.

Directors have now said work is progressing at a stage it should be.

Pictures released by MarketGate Shopping Centre show the shell of the former market hall, which will be transformed into a new store.

Chris Beckerman, managing director of Roubaix Group, said: “We are looking forward to the completion of the new Primark unit at MarketGate shopping centre.

“Once completed, the new store will deliver fresh investment and new jobs for the local area, as well as offering shoppers another quality retailer at MarketGate.”

John Lowery, managing director for Askam Civil Engineering Ltd, said: “Work is progressing well on site and we are on track for the 
handover to Primark this November.

“Primark will then fit-out the store, aiming to open its doors to customers next year.”