‘Dark and dated to fresh and welcoming’: shopping centre transformed in £3m makeover

‘Dark and dated to fresh and welcoming’: shopping centre transformed in £3m makeover

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To this... The £3m transformation of Saxon Square

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THE £3million makeover of a Christchurch shopping centre has been completed.

The Saxon Square shopping centre has undergone major refurbishment work, which has included installing new paving, creating a seating area throughout the complex and transforming an empty building, previously unused for 20 years, into a new hotel.

President of Christchurch Chamber of Trade, Stephen Bowden, said the regeneration will be essential for attracting visitors to the area.

“The centre was starting to look dark and dated but it is now fresh and welcoming for shoppers,” he added.

“The centre is also operating at full capacity for the first time in some years which is great for the town as a diverse range of business is key to attracting shoppers.”

Bryan Taylor, the centre’s manager, said he thinks the paving will improve accessibility for shoppers and the new seating will encourage people to relax and enjoy their time there.

He added: “It has been a challenging project and we would like to thank shoppers and traders for their support throughout.

“Saxon Square is very much at the heart of the community of Christchurch and we hope people continue to support and enjoy the new-look centre for years to come.”

Leader of Christchurch council, Cllr Ray Nottage, said the redevelopment is good news for the town.

He said: “Following complex legal negotiations by our officers and the help of our MP, a building which had lain empty for more than 20 years is now being brought back into use as a hotel to the benefit of local traders.

“Saxon Square is now much more open and welcoming and is already attracting more businesses and shoppers.”

A celebration to mark the project’s completion, including live music and children’s activities, will take place at the centre between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, July 26.

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4:27pm Mon 21 Jul 14

mudefordguy says...

Shame the before and after photos don't actually show the same area.....
Shame the before and after photos don't actually show the same area..... mudefordguy
  • Score: 9

4:38pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

Cut off the canopies and lay some new paving, is that what £3 million buys these days, I don't see how that regenerates the area, it still looks a glum place to visit.
Cut off the canopies and lay some new paving, is that what £3 million buys these days, I don't see how that regenerates the area, it still looks a glum place to visit. Hessenford
  • Score: 11

5:23pm Mon 21 Jul 14

skydriver says...

I thought Nottage would have to get his view in the Nottage Times.
Or was he just justifying his position.
I thought Nottage would have to get his view in the Nottage Times. Or was he just justifying his position. skydriver
  • Score: 5

5:59pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Guybrush_Threepwood says...

And another tree is felled. Will Christchurch Council never learn?
And another tree is felled. Will Christchurch Council never learn? Guybrush_Threepwood
  • Score: 1

6:24pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Mikey! says...

Both of these pictures are 'after', from different positions. The fact that the echo uses an 'after' picture to illustrate the 'dark and dated' quote says it all.
Both of these pictures are 'after', from different positions. The fact that the echo uses an 'after' picture to illustrate the 'dark and dated' quote says it all. Mikey!
  • Score: 9

6:29pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Old Colonial says...

Mikey! wrote:
Both of these pictures are 'after', from different positions. The fact that the echo uses an 'after' picture to illustrate the 'dark and dated' quote says it all.
'The Echo' probably doesn't even know where Christchurch is, let alone what it actually looks like.
[quote][p][bold]Mikey![/bold] wrote: Both of these pictures are 'after', from different positions. The fact that the echo uses an 'after' picture to illustrate the 'dark and dated' quote says it all.[/p][/quote]'The Echo' probably doesn't even know where Christchurch is, let alone what it actually looks like. Old Colonial
  • Score: 7

6:43pm Mon 21 Jul 14

agp1337 says...

Hessenford wrote:
Cut off the canopies and lay some new paving, is that what £3 million buys these days, I don't see how that regenerates the area, it still looks a glum place to visit.
Sorry, it isn't glum, much nicer than before. It now looks livelier and pretty vibrant. I think it's been a bit more than, 'Cut off the canopies and lay some new paving.'
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: Cut off the canopies and lay some new paving, is that what £3 million buys these days, I don't see how that regenerates the area, it still looks a glum place to visit.[/p][/quote]Sorry, it isn't glum, much nicer than before. It now looks livelier and pretty vibrant. I think it's been a bit more than, 'Cut off the canopies and lay some new paving.' agp1337
  • Score: -6

8:20pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

agp1337 wrote:
Hessenford wrote:
Cut off the canopies and lay some new paving, is that what £3 million buys these days, I don't see how that regenerates the area, it still looks a glum place to visit.
Sorry, it isn't glum, much nicer than before. It now looks livelier and pretty vibrant. I think it's been a bit more than, 'Cut off the canopies and lay some new paving.'
Glum or not I still don't see £3 million in improvements. you could build a whole new shopping precinct for that kind of money.
[quote][p][bold]agp1337[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: Cut off the canopies and lay some new paving, is that what £3 million buys these days, I don't see how that regenerates the area, it still looks a glum place to visit.[/p][/quote]Sorry, it isn't glum, much nicer than before. It now looks livelier and pretty vibrant. I think it's been a bit more than, 'Cut off the canopies and lay some new paving.'[/p][/quote]Glum or not I still don't see £3 million in improvements. you could build a whole new shopping precinct for that kind of money. Hessenford
  • Score: 8

10:15pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

Of course, parking remains a nightmare, which is why people drive to Castlepoint and even Southampton to shop.

Frankly, I thought it served a purpose before the 3 million 'makeover'. One is reminded of Sarah Palin's quote 'Put lipstick on a pig, and you still have a pig'.

Parking, gentleman and ladies, is the issue.......not a makeover.
Of course, parking remains a nightmare, which is why people drive to Castlepoint and even Southampton to shop. Frankly, I thought it served a purpose before the 3 million 'makeover'. One is reminded of Sarah Palin's quote 'Put lipstick on a pig, and you still have a pig'. Parking, gentleman and ladies, is the issue.......not a makeover. Yankee1
  • Score: -2

11:39pm Mon 21 Jul 14

whataboutthat says...

This is tosh,,,
This is tosh,,, whataboutthat
  • Score: 0

6:48am Tue 22 Jul 14

Gastines3 says...

Visiting Christchurch usually twice a week, we have watched the re-furbishment of the Centre and agree that the area is lighter and more open.However wouldn't want to sit outside the Cafe's due to the usual litter and pidgeon mess everywhere.Christchu
rch local Councillors would do well to have a walk around the area from the filthy seating area outside the Saxon Centre,the stinking steps and pedestrian underpass area and the meander down to the poorly maintained Riverside walkway,the overgrown Sensory garden and the rubbish filled Lily pond.etc.etc
While we enjoy shopping and regular visits to one of the family owned Cafe's we notice the the Council seems to be seriously neglecting it's basic care of the area.
Visiting Christchurch usually twice a week, we have watched the re-furbishment of the Centre and agree that the area is lighter and more open.However wouldn't want to sit outside the Cafe's due to the usual litter and pidgeon mess everywhere.Christchu rch local Councillors would do well to have a walk around the area from the filthy seating area outside the Saxon Centre,the stinking steps and pedestrian underpass area and the meander down to the poorly maintained Riverside walkway,the overgrown Sensory garden and the rubbish filled Lily pond.etc.etc While we enjoy shopping and regular visits to one of the family owned Cafe's we notice the the Council seems to be seriously neglecting it's basic care of the area. Gastines3
  • Score: -1

1:37pm Tue 22 Jul 14

makingtime says...

The Travelodge is excellent for Christchurch but the refurbishment of Saxon Square is nothing. It looks little different to before. An overall roof would have been a good idea as it would make it an all-weather shopping area and a smoke-free zone. A wasted opportunity.
The Travelodge is excellent for Christchurch but the refurbishment of Saxon Square is nothing. It looks little different to before. An overall roof would have been a good idea as it would make it an all-weather shopping area and a smoke-free zone. A wasted opportunity. makingtime
  • Score: 5

4:26pm Tue 22 Jul 14

agp1337 says...

Gastines3 wrote:
Visiting Christchurch usually twice a week, we have watched the re-furbishment of the Centre and agree that the area is lighter and more open.However wouldn't want to sit outside the Cafe's due to the usual litter and pidgeon mess everywhere.Christchu

rch local Councillors would do well to have a walk around the area from the filthy seating area outside the Saxon Centre,the stinking steps and pedestrian underpass area and the meander down to the poorly maintained Riverside walkway,the overgrown Sensory garden and the rubbish filled Lily pond.etc.etc
While we enjoy shopping and regular visits to one of the family owned Cafe's we notice the the Council seems to be seriously neglecting it's basic care of the area.
I'll look at the other things next time I'm in Christchurch, but the underpass is fine. What do you expect an underpass to be like? It's safe and swept and far better than most others I've been in around the country. It's an underpass, for heaven's sake!
[quote][p][bold]Gastines3[/bold] wrote: Visiting Christchurch usually twice a week, we have watched the re-furbishment of the Centre and agree that the area is lighter and more open.However wouldn't want to sit outside the Cafe's due to the usual litter and pidgeon mess everywhere.Christchu rch local Councillors would do well to have a walk around the area from the filthy seating area outside the Saxon Centre,the stinking steps and pedestrian underpass area and the meander down to the poorly maintained Riverside walkway,the overgrown Sensory garden and the rubbish filled Lily pond.etc.etc While we enjoy shopping and regular visits to one of the family owned Cafe's we notice the the Council seems to be seriously neglecting it's basic care of the area.[/p][/quote]I'll look at the other things next time I'm in Christchurch, but the underpass is fine. What do you expect an underpass to be like? It's safe and swept and far better than most others I've been in around the country. It's an underpass, for heaven's sake! agp1337
  • Score: 8

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