BUILDING work on the spectacular new HQ development on the site of the former Cheshire Constabulary headquarters is on target.

Development director of Liberty Properties, Paul Norman, said: “Everything is on schedule for an opening in summer 2009.

“We are currently working on the infrastructure, services and underground car park.

“People should start to see real progress when buildings start to appear above the hoardings around May.”

The development will create up to 1,000 jobs.

Boutique hotel operator Abode will open a bespoke hotel and will be the centrepiece of the flagship £50m gateway building.

The concept is the creation of hotelier Andrew Brownsword, who owns The Bath Priory, Gidleigh Park, Sydney House in Chelsea and The Art House in Glasgow in partnership with Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines.

The Abode at HQ has 80 rooms and will feature a Michael Caines fine-dining restaurant on the top floor.

As well as offering a luxury hotel with signature restaurants, the leisure, office and residential development features large state-of-the-art offices, apartments and penthouses. The two penthouses, which have already been sold, cost more than £1m each.

At the heart of the development is a large central piazza.