The new Whitehill & Bordon town centre is expected to open in stages between late Autumn 2020 and Easter 2021. The approved plans include a six-screen cinema, an indoor market and pop-up stalls, an arts and heritage centre, offices, around 20 shops and restaurants, a new foodstore and 170 residential units. There will also be up to 1,085 car parking spaces, and over 7,000 square meters of public open space areas, including a town park, upper and lower town squares and an arrival square.
Having secured planning approval by East Hampshire District Council, some of the operators who will be moving into the new town centre will be:
The cinema, which will be located on the site of the former Sergeant’s Mess, will be operated by The Big Picture, and will also feature an outdoor screen for summer events. The Big Picture has experience of managing major cinema projects across the UK and Europe and will be operating the town’s cinema under an independent brand name.
The Makers Market
At the heart of the town centre will be Makers Market, Street Food Scene and Themed Outdoor Markets, operated by Market Asset Management, which already runs a number of indoor markets throughout the UK, including Darlington, Doncaster, Tottenham and Watford. Makers’ Market will provide a vibrant, alternative retail, business and food offering that is complementary to the rest of the town centre, with entertainment, street food and covered market facilities.
A new business hub
Within the Makers Market building will be a new managed area for start-up businesses. The new business hub will offer a range of spaces for small business owners, including individual offices, co-working areas, rent-able meetings rooms and a roof-top bar. The business hub will be operated by Oxford Innovations, which already successfully runs BASE Bordon innovation centre and has established a business community for local start-ups.
Work has already started on the new leisure centre, which will be operated by Everyone Active on behalf of East Hampshire District Council.
Plans for the new health hub are in the latter design stages, and are expected to be finalised by the summer, with a view to opening at the same time as the town centre