Southampton City Council has approved plans for the redevelopment of the former Bargate Shopping Centre. The proposals, designed by Corstorphine & Wright, were guided by the key aspiration of opening up the historic town walls, and include plans for retail units, restaurants, 152 one and two-bed apartments and 451 student beds.
Aspirational brands will be sought to fill the retail units and restaurant space creating a shopping area distinct from those already on offer elsewhere in Southampton. Around 280 new jobs will be created to support the development once operational.
'This part of Southampton has been crying out for regeneration for a number of years, we are delighted that we are now able to realise the sites potential through the delivery of a vibrant mixed use scheme,' says James Burchell, partner of Tellon Capital (Asset Managers). 'We look forward to the scheme positively complimenting the existing offer within Southampton and enhance its reputation as a city to invest in.'
Steven Frith, associate director at Corstorphine + Wright, adds: 'Celebrating the Bargate and the old town walls has always been a key design driver of this scheme; we now have the opportunity to create a unique place and destination with this heritage at its heart.'
It is anticipated that once fully occupied the residents and students will generate an additional £5million of expenditure in the local economy.