The empty BHS unit at Cheltenham’s Regent Arcade could soon be transformed into an exciting new mixed use development after the centre’s owners, Canada Life, submitted outline plans.
Architects have been drafting ideas for the 55,000 sq ft unit, which has been empty since BHS closed in August, with plans including a new two-storey flagship roof-top food and beverage space.
The proposal also includes three new restaurants along Regent Street and a large retail unit inside the centre to offer an all-day destination for shopping and socialising right in the heart of town.
Scott Lahive, Regent Arcade centre manager, said: ‘I’m excited that we’re planning to put Regent Street back into the spotlight with this potential new development and hope the people of Cheltenham will be too.
‘The BHS space is just too big for any one retailer to take. There’s no big-name brand missing from Cheltenham that would occupy a store of this size so we have had to look at more innovative ways to use the space.’
Canada Life will work in partnership with key stakeholders, including Cheltenham Borough Council, to upgrade the area in order to establish Regent Street as a bustling leisure quarter, while creating a more cosmopolitan environment.
Scott added: ‘Some great restaurants like Carluccio’s, Bills and Jamie’s have opened on Regent Street but since the refurbishment of the Everyman and the new public realm it installed at the front of the theatre, nothing has happened to realise further improvements and link the area to either The Promenade or the High Street.
‘This proposed scheme will hopefully be the catalyst to bringing everything together to further enhance Regent Street as a distinct and unique retail and leisure destination within its own right.’
Tuesday 13 December 2016
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