Bride Hall’s development at Fletton Quays, Peterborough is progressing well and is on track for completion in May 2018. Pre-let to Peterborough City Council, the development comprises of 106,000 sq.ft GIA with a multi-storey car park with 418 spaces and a further 80 surface car park spaces.
The Steel frame for the multi-storey car park is being erected and the roof is due to go back on to the Grade II Listed Engine shed shortly.
See the video of drone footage of site progress from September :
Construction started on the Fletton Quays last winter, and many of the larger buildings are taking shape – with some due for opening next year. Peterborough City Council leader John Holdich visited the site to see the progress, and he said he was excited by what he saw. Cllr Holdich said: “I am over the moon with what is going on at Fletton Quays. What we have delivered in such a short space of time is very pleasing.” The roads and electrics are already in place. Planning permission for the hotel is due – everything is on time and on schedule so far.” Cllr Holdich made the site visit with council chief executive Gillian Beasley, and one of the main things they were looking at was the new council office building, which is due to open in the summer next year.
Cllr Holdich said: “The building is looking fantastic everyone is very excited to be moving there in the new year. “We will be starting the consultation with staff about the interior of the building soon. It was also very pleasing to see the new look for the old engine shed. We are in advanced negotiations for companies to move in to the shed and the new office block where Aqua House used to be.”
It is hoped the Hilton Garden lnn Hotel will be welcoming its first guests in 2019, while a new multi-storey car park is on schedule to be completed next year. Weston Homes’ work to create over 350 high-quality apartments is progressing at a pace, with a show home expected to be open in early 2018.
Cllr Holdich said: “The excellent progress to date is testament to the robust partnership working in place between all the groups involved with the site being driven by the Peterborough Investment Partnership. When the site largely completes in 2019, it will create a modern, flagship development for the benefit of Peterborough and complement the wider growth of the city centre.”
Epsom’s Ashley Centre fully let
The 310,000 sq ft Ashley Centre in Epsom is now at full capacity as the last vacant store has been let to A Jones & Sons.
Trading as Jones Bootmaker, the shoe retailer has agreed on a ten-year lease totalling 2,000 sq ft.
The store was let by The Carlyle Group & Bride Hall, represented by real estate adviser Savills.
The new letting follows a number of signings over the last 18 months with national retails including Metro Bank, Pandora, Stormfront, Gerry Weber, Muffin Break and Hotter taking commercial space.
Roger Gorham, director at Bride Hall, said: “”Following a year of strategic asset management, which has also seen Halifax, Card Factory and Clintons relocate within the scheme, we are delighted that the centre is now fully let to a mix of strong national and independent retailers.””
Fresh look at Walsall town centre cinema complex
A ‘landmark leisure scheme’, is how cinema bosseshave described a planned new £12 million development for Walsall town centre, as a new image emerged of how the venue will look.
This artist impression has been unveiled of the nine-screen Vue cinema and restaurant development which is due to open in spring next year.
It has been released after Cordwell Property Group announced yesterday that work on the development in Littleton Street next to Tesco, is due to begin by Easter following the exchanging of contracts.
Work on Walsall town centre Vue cinema to start within months
The Littleton Centre development will help create more than 200 jobs.
Together with the signing of Vue, Cordwell has also exchanged development and funding agreement with London-based partners Bride Hall.
Bosses at Vue Entertainment today voiced their support for the project.
Property director Geoff Moore said it would offer
the town a ‘landmark leisure scheme’.
He said: “Having formally confirmed that we will operate a state-of-the-art cinema, we are looking forward to creating an exciting, sensory experience at the Littleton Centre.”
Cordwell Property Group is the first of two developers planning to build cinemas in the town to announce a deal has been struck. A contractor is due to be appointed in the near future to build the new development. It will be the first cinema in the heart of the borough for more than 20 years.
The development will fit in with the long-term £400m Gigaport scheme which aims to create a business and office corridor through the heart of the borough. Cinema wars were sparked in the town last summer as rival plans for an Odeon at the Walsall Waterfront also received planning permission from Walsall Council.
Kier Property is behind the plans for the Odeon but remain tight-lipped about the future of the scheme.
Top firm to develop the Laindon Centre
A PRESTIGIOUS development firm, which has invested millions of pounds into revamping shopping centres across the country, is in line to revive the Laindon Centre.
Top property developer Bride Hall, who were behind the £43million revamp of the Metro Centre Retail Park in Gateshead, have been signed up to kickstart the project.
Following talks, involving BDO – the administrators of the Laindon Regeneration Company – Basildon Council and the London-based company, a deal was struck.
It comes after the Echo and fed up traders called for action earlier this year to start the much needed overhaul of the site.
Bride Hall’s plans are expected to include a “substantial investment” to build both homes and new shops, according to Malcolm Buckley, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, who said the news was “a bigstep in the right direction”.
Mr Buckley said: “The Laindon Centre has been declining for a number of years and will continue to do so unless investment is made to revitalise and regenerate what was once a vibrant centre for local people.
“The council has always been committed to the future of the area and that is why we have been so involved in the discussions with the administrators.
“There have been many false dawns for the Laindon Centre, but we are confident Bride Hall will put together a viable and deliverable scheme that will include new homes and new shops.
“We will now be working with them to design an attractive scheme to transform Laindon and create a centre the local community have been waiting for.”
Will Rohleder, development director at Bride Hall, told the Echo it was too early to say how much cash will be invested in the site and what exactly will be built there.
He said:”Bride Hall is pleased to announce we have been engaged to work on the regeneration and revitalisation of the Laindon Shopping Centre to ensure its long term future.
“We are looking at a mixture of uses for the site which will include residential and retail.
“We are at an early stage of reviewing options and are already in discussions with Basildon Council which has shown a strong desire to see the Laindon project brought to fruition in a deliverable and sustainable manner.
“We hope to have further detail and comments about our plans towards the end of this year.”
It is hoped a planning application will be submitted early in the new year.
Mr Buckley added that would be considered on its merits, but said “the sooner it happens the better.”
Bride Hall plans Luton revamp
Bride Hall Developments has revealed plans to redevelop land at Gipsy Lane, Luton.
The London developer wants to regenerate unused land at Gipsy Lane, Osborne Road and Park Street by building a new supermarket, housing, improved pedestrian links and landscaping near the river at the centre of the site.
It is working with the landowner, General Motors UK, to deliver the project.
The proposals involve three parcels of land: vacant land opposite the Gipsy Lane Retail Park; a disused bowling green next to the Venue 360 conference centre, and land between the sports pitches and Park Street – as well as the car park to the rear of General Motor’s head offices.
Planning consultancy John Thompson & Partners has been appointed to produce a masterplan for the scheme, which will aim to connect the land and create new pedestrian links to and from the residential areas.
Julian Lyon, General Motor’s European real estate manager, said: “These proposals present an exciting opportunity to address a number of wide ranging needs, including providing a supermarket and petrol station to this quarter of Luton, and meeting Luton’s housing requirements.
“The plans also help open up the riverside for the wider community.””
Bride Hall gets go-ahead for Farnborough hotel
Bride Hall secured planning consent for the development of an 80 bed Premier Inn hotel and Beefeater restaurant on the 19th June. Plans were submitted earlier this year for a new hotel and restaurant in Farnborough Town Centre as well as the provision of new retail and residential space. The plans secured unanimous approval at Rushmoor Borough Council’s planning committee on the 19th and are due to start on site early in 2014.
Nick Desmond, Managing Director of Bride Hall Holdings, said:
“Our plans are positive news for Farnborough and I am delighted Farnborough’s councillors have backed our commitment to the town. The scheme will pump millions into the local economy, create new opportunities for many, and contribute to the town’s long-term success. We will work swiftly to deliver the benefits.”
“Our plans for the redevelopment of Firgrove Parade are in line with council planning policy and will bring many long-term benefits to the town. The new Premier Inn hotel and Beefeater restaurant will create new jobs and encourage more people to stay overnight in Farnborough town centre, boosting the local economy. Firgrove Parade needs fresh investment and our plans will revamp the existing units into modern retail and residential accommodation and create an attractive entrance into Farnborough town centre. It is exciting news for the town.”
Bride Hall has been successful in its campaign to revitalise a derelict site in Eastcote town centre that was acquired in 2010. Planning permission, which was originally refused in October 2011, has now been granted by the Planning Inspectorate enabling the delayed regeneration of the site to come forward. The plans for this site involve a new Sainsbury’s Local store with 11 apartments above in a development that will bring life and vitality to the town centre.
Despite the trying economic situation over the last few years Bride Hall has been rewarded with its perseverance to realise new homes and job opportunities on a site that has remained vacant for a number of years.
Construction is now due to commence later this year with the transformation completed in Spring 2013.
Bride Hall has lodged plans for a Morrisons-anchored supermarket, housing and hotel scheme in Hillingdon in London.
The proposals are for a 40,000 sq ft foodstore together with 100 homes above, an 82-bed hotel, and improvements to local transport facilities. The scheme is proposed for a site directly adjacent to Hillingdon Underground Station.
Morrisons has signed to anchor the foodstore.
Feedback provided to Bride Hall and Morrisons during the planning consultation process resulted in a number of refinements and improvements to the draft proposals, most significantly a reduction in the overall number of new homes from 200 to approximately 100 as part of consolidating the shape and size of the development together with improving the environment around the store.
Matthew Thomas, planning director for Bride Hall, said: Our application is the result of tremendous hard work by everyone involved and no small amount of time and input from the Hillingdon community. That collaboration has really helped us to improve our draft ideas and we are confident we have an application that would deliver a suitable, beneficial and welcome re-use of this important site.
“It’s now up to the London Borough of Hillingdon to determine the scheme and we will look forward to more details on their timetable and to working through the planning process. Clearly, we hope that we will be able to secure a planning permission that, in turn, will secure the significant investment into both the environmental quality and economy that this scheme represents for the local area.
Richard Haynes, development executive for Morrisons, said: Bringing a new Morrisons to Hillingdon is about much more than just expanding shopping choice. That’s important but so are the 300 jobs, the 100 homes and all of the associated benefits that come with investing in Hillingdon and regenerating this site.”
“We’re grateful to all of the people that inputted to our plans and are delighted that we have an excellent application submitted and set to go in front of Hillingdon’s councillors for a decision in the near future.
CGI view of Hillingdon Circus:
“Multi-million pound vision for empty shops – City’s New Dining District.”