Winter gardens: Companies invited to pitch for temporary use

COMPANIES will be invited to submit proposals for the temporary use of the Winter Gardens site in Exeter Road, the BCP Council has revealed.

Planning permission has already been granted to Bournemouth Development Company (the joint venture partnership between BCP Council and Muse Developments, a Morgan Sindall Group company) for the £150million Winter Gardens development.

However, the Daily Echo previously reported that the BDC was reviewing certain elements of the program – which it had been planning in 2019 – to ensure it met the needs of the community.

In the meantime, a number of temporary uses for the town center site are being considered – companies will soon be invited to pitch their ideas for the site.

Councilor Philip Broadhead, portfolio holder for development, growth and regeneration, said: “We are delighted to be working with our partners, the Bournemouth Development Company and our 100% urban regeneration company FuturePlaces to deliver exciting opportunities. who make the most of this great space as we move forward with long-term development plans.

“We are about to go to market to invite potential hospitality, retail and leisure suppliers to pitch their ideas for the temporary use of the site so that we can make the most of this location. privileged and provide people with a more fulfilling experience when visiting this part of the city.

Bournemouth Echo: The site on Exeter Road has been demolished to make way for the development of the Winter Gardens

If the original plans go ahead, the development would see over 350 apartments, 600 parking spaces and new leisure and retail space.

The apartments are proposed to be let privately through his company Seascape and these are expected to fetch over £1.7million a year.

BDC said it was not ready to release updates on its plans at this time, but would do so in due course.

Adjustments to the approved scheme are expected to be required, although construction of state plans may begin in the second half of 2022.

Bournemouth Echo: The site on Exeter Road has been demolished to make way for the development of the Winter Gardens

There are also discussions around the prospect of a single linked project combining Winter Gardens with the Bournemouth International Centre.

The two prominent downtown locations, separated by a strip of vacant land and a single road, have been the focus of attention for many years.

The urban regeneration company FuturePlaces, recently created by the BCP Council, was awarded the two sites on a list of 15 development opportunities.

FuturePlaces was commissioned to study the potential of the sites and come up with plans to redevelop them, although no plans have been specified to date.

Margie D. Carlisle