Retail and hotel space scaled back in wake of pandemic

A major mixed-use scheme in Southampton has been given the green light after the developer reworked the project because of covid-19.

Tellon Capital received unanimous approval for its Bargate Quarter scheme from Southampton council earlier this week.

The updated plans supersede previous proposals for the site, where the former Bargate Shopping Centre used to stand.

Designed by Corstorphine & Wright, the redevelopment will now be residential-led with fewer retail units, while plans for a hotel have been withdrawn in favour of providing more homes.

Bargate Quarter (4)

The updated scheme includes around 519 homes, up from 287 in the previous proposition, and around 2,500 sq m of retail, down from nearly 7,500 sq m.

The scheme also includes a new park and other environmental improvements including tree planting and reduced carbon emissions.

Construction is set to start this autumn, subject to finalising the Section 106 and pre-commencement planning conditions.

Stace is providing project management and is also the employer’s agent, overseeing the design and construction stages.

Others working on the scheme include MEP engineer Hoare Lea, structural engineer ICIS Design and landscape architect Macgregor Smith.