Cineworld to Open at Whiteley as Consent for £15.5m Second Phase Secured

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

British Land   British Land and Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) are pleased to announce that Cineworld is to open a nine-screen cinema as part of the £15.5 million second phase of its Whiteley development in Hampshire. The 60,000 sq ft complex has been granted planning permission by Winchester City Council and includes 30,000 sq ft of space at ground floor level that will include a combination of additional restaurants, leisure and community uses, broadening the appeal of the development. David Pollock, Development Manager for British Land, said: "Whiteley’s second phase will further increase the vibrancy of the retail scheme, enhancing dwell times and the centre’s attractiveness to local residents and workers. The additional leisure element will complement the restaurant offer boosting the attraction of the centre as a retail and leisure destination throughout the daytime and evening as well as bringing additional jobs to the area." The cinema will be located to the north east of the site.  Around 180 jobs will be created in addition to a number of temporary jobs during the construction phase. Construction work will commence in early 2014 with completion scheduled for spring 2015. Whiteley’s first phase is anchored by a 60,000 sq ft M&S and opened on 23 May attracting more than 750,000 visitors in its first month of trading.  Other signed retailers include Bank, Beaverbrooks, Blacks, Boots, Carphone Warehouse, Claire’s, Clarks, Clintons, Fat Face, H&M, Holland & Barrett, JD Sports, Jones Bootmaker, Mamas and Papas, Moss, Next, Paperchase, Phase Eight, Phones 4u, River Island, Sabichi, Schuh, The Body Shop, The Entertainer, Tiger, Topshop, Trespass, and WH Smith. Restaurants and cafes include Caffe Nero, Chimichanga, Costa Coffee, Dean’s Diner, Frankie & Benny’s, Harvester, Prezzo, Starbucks, Subway and independent bistro Montagu’s which has a glazed kiosk in the mall. Local independent retailers include Little Soles children’s shoe shop, the Fabulous Bakers, Whiteley Fruiterers greengrocers, Russell’s Sweet Shop, Xpress Beauty, Solent Cycles and Hair OTT. Local estate agent Walker & Waterer has also taken a unit in another part of the scheme and Market Square itself will provide space for a variety of independent markets.  The shopping centre also provides 1,355 car parking spaces. Whiteley benefits from a large and affluent catchment of 1.2 million people with an estimated £3.1 billion potential spend.  The catchment is set to expand further in the foreseeable future with 3,500 new homes at North Whiteley. Situated between the two harbour cities of Portsmouth and Southampton and adjacent to an existing Tesco supermarket, the scheme benefits from excellent accessibility via junction nine of the M27.
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