Works Starts On Whiteley Development

£64m is being spent on the massive Whiteley retail development - creating up to 1,000 jobs.

In December 2011, the Whiteley Co-Ownership Trust, a joint venture between Universities Superannuation Scheme (“USS”) and British Land, announced the first retailers for the 300,000 sq ft Whiteley development. Lettings at the £64 million scheme have now reached approximately 50% by floor area, with M&S and Next committing to anchor the scheme.

Today, a ground breaking ceremony marks the start of building work.

Building work should be finished by December 2012

The development, which is set to open in Spring  2013, will comprise over 50 units designed to accommodate a wide range of national and local retailers, restaurants, cafés and other facilities, with 1,136 free car park spaces.

Other pre-lets include H&M, Boots, JD Sports, Bank, Sports Direct, Frankie & Benny’s and Starbucks.

Designed by architects Corstophine and Wright, Whiteley will transform the existing scheme featuring shop units with double height glazing and oak panels centred around a new square.  The contemporary design makes use of natural materials, and incorporates extensive energy efficient and sustainability features, including roof-mounted solar panels.

Building work is officially underway

Completion is projected for spring 2013.

Situated next to the existing Tesco supermarket, the scheme has excellent accessibility via Junction 9 of the M27.

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