Today marks a great step forwards for Bargate and the city of Southampton with demolition starting on the derelict shopping centre. The city is set to benefit from investment of circa £100m with construction earmarked to be underway next year and the centre due to open in 2019.
James Burchell, on behalf of Tellon Capital said:
“Following planning consent being granted in February, we have been working hard with the Councillors and retailers to prepare this site for demolition. After so many false starts for the Bargate, we are delighted to be delivering real change to this quarter of the city.
“It’s fantastic to be taking this next, very important step and we are proud to be investing in the city. This exclusive development will continue the transformation of Southampton city centre with the introduction of premium shops and restaurants, new homes and high-quality student accommodation.”
Leader of Southampton City Council, Councillor Simon Letts said:
“It’s with pleasure that I’ll be starting the demolition process of the Bargate Centre. The centre opened in 1989 and was a key city centre retail outlet for many years. The changing landscape of the business district led to its closure a few years ago, and the process of rejuvenating this iconic area can now get underway. Following public consultation, the redevelopment will be a vibrant mixed-use scheme, opening up a long hidden area of the city’s medieval walls.”