We received planning permission in November 2018 for the £150m Winter Gardens mixed-use scheme at the former Winter Gardens site. Work is expected to start on site in 2020, and this will be one of the largest development projects ever undertaken on a single site on the South Coast through a corporate public-private partnership.
There will be a complete transformation of the 1.98 hectare (4.89 acre) site, used as a car park since the demolition of the concert hall in 2006, following its closure four years earlier.
Reflecting a demand for contemporary town centre living, the Winter Gardens scheme will:
- Create a vast amount of high-quality homes involving one, two and three-bed apartments and a number of penthouses. Most will have balconies or terraces with extensive views of the sea, coastline and conurbation.
- Preserve and improve upon the number of public parking spaces that are currently available on the Winter Gardens site.
- Create numerous secure, covered cycle facilities for residents and visitors, as well as spaces for the public.
- Introduce new units for high-quality restaurants along Exeter Road, and a new food store, helping to raise and diversify the choice of dining experiences in the area, enliven the streetscape and contribute to the local economy.
- Build space for family leisure facilities, which will include a new piazza at the junction of Exeter and Cranborne Road, a linear park alongside Cranborne Road and other publicly accessible open spaces with opportunities for outdoor cafés and children’s play areas.
- Make space for a widened area of landscaped pedestrian realm along Exeter Road, which will help to deliver an important part of the Grand Garden Walk, an initiative to provide a continuous promenade for pedestrians and cyclists around the town centre.
Winter Gardens will be a transformative scheme for the town centre, and will deliver significant regeneration on an iconic site, and provide a real boost for the town centre and wider local economy.