In part thanks to the meteoric rise of the town’s football team, the seaside resort of Bournemouth has become a melting pot of economic potential in recent years. The beginning of 2017 saw the opening of the 30m Bh2 Leisure Complex while a number of new developments are currently underway across the town.
Leading UK developer Watkin Jones Group is currently working on multiple developments that will provide a major boost to the town once completed. Set for full completion in March 2018, the company is currently making rapid progress on an exciting mixed use scheme on Christchurch Road. To find out more, Premier Construction spoke to Paul Doyle from Watkin Jones. He said:
“We put through one planning application for the whole scheme which consists of three sites. Christchurch Road started at the end of 2015 and the project consists of student accommodation with 454 student beds, a 129-bed Premier Inn hotel and a ten storey office block. There is staged completion with this project so the student accommodation completed on the 1st September, the hotel completes on the 15th January 2018 and the office fit out will be completed in March 2018.
“The frame is made from concrete, the façade consists of brickwork and terracotta cladding along with curtain walling. The roof is a hot melt roofing system.
“Over the last few years I have been involved in a significant number of student accommodation schemes, so the opportunity to go onto a mixed use scheme was quite appealing. I was already in Bournemouth having done a couple of other schemes but this is something bigger and better.”
The first students have just moved into the brand new accommodation while the office block has already been fully let ahead of its 2018 completion. The office building, One Lansdowne Plaza, benefits from excellent natural daylight and low running costs with the aim to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating. A secure underground parking garage has 196 spaces.
Two other Watkin Jones developments are also currently in progress with completions scheduled for the next few years. Oxford Point is a brand new 16 Storey building consisting of 486 student beds and three storeys of office and academic facilities. Work on the three storey building and is set to finish in September 2018. Occupying a prominent site in Bournemouth city centre, the building features comfort cooling and heating, two lifts, oak veneer doors and flush LED light fittings.
Looking further ahead, Digital Point is a brand new 12 storey office building with up to 10,208 sq m of space. The high specification building is located on Holdenhurst Road and will be available from spring 2019.
The Lansdowne area of Bournemouth is a rapidly growing area of the town with a diverse range of companies currently operating offices there. The new construction projects currently being undertaken by developers such as Watkin Jones will leave a lasting legacy on the town for generations to come.
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Founded in 2005 by Melissa Horne, Jigsaw Interior Architecture is a design practice specialising in the delivery of exquisite interior architecture and stunning show homes. With every project Jigsaw Interior Architecture can provide the complete package, from planning through to completion, with clients ranging from small niche developers to multi-national organisations.
Past projects for Jigsaw Interior Architecture include Highwood Horsham in West Sussex; Timbertops in New Forest; Leighton Road in Kentish Town; and 77 Muswell Hill in London. Most recently, Jigsaw Interior Architecture has been involved in Oxford Point at Lansdowne Plaza, Bournemouth.
Jigsaw Interior Architecture designer, Nicola Chadwick, said:
“Working on Oxford Point at Lansdowne Plaza we’re involved with the interior design work on the student elements of this project, including the finishes. We’re working on the breakout spaces which include the study spaces, games rooms and common areas, as well as the reception and back of house areas.
“We’re making all the front of house spaces look really funky, incorporating forward-thinking ideas to really engage with the students.”
Jigsaw Interior Architecture designer, Natasha Stynes, added:
“This is a great project for us. We’re high-end interior designers, and while we have worked on student accommodation projects previously it is not something we do all the time, so it’s good to do something a little different.”
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