£6.5m plans to transform the Dolphin Centre still under wraps

£6.5m plans to transform the Dolphin Centre still under wraps

REVAMP: The Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole

John Grinnell

First published in News by

THE owners of Poole’s Dolphin Shopping Centre say they are laying plans to regenerate the site.

Legal and General Property bought Dorset’s largest shopping centre for £57.7m last year.

It recently received planning permission for work on the large external signs at the centre’s entrance and says installation will begin shortly, in the hope of finishing by the end of summer.

Revamped branding has been rolled out in recent months and new internal signage has been introduced.

Legal and General bought the centre in February 2013 from Dutch firm Wereldhave, which had planned a £6.5m facelift due to get underway that year.

No news has been released about that scheme, but L&G says it has “already begun making future plans to regenerate Dorset’s largest indoor shopping centre”.

The new signage includes the new branding and is designed to be environmentally sustainable. The new LED signs will provide a 68 per cent saving on energy usage compared with the original 5ft, 58 watt tube-lit signs.

John Grinnell, centre manager of the Dolphin Shopping Centre, said: “As a large shopping destination in the hub of Poole’s town centre we are continually committed to improving the centre’s environmental performance and to identify where changes can be made to control the environmental impact of its activities.

“The new branding and signs are a welcome addition to the centre and we look forward to L&G’s future plans.”

The centre’s management team has been asked to identify opportunities to save energy and improve its environmental performance.

The centre covers 430,000sqft over three floors, with big name tenants including Marks and Spencer, Primark, Boots, BHS and Beales.

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12:40pm Thu 24 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Never mind 'doing up' the Dolphin Centre (yet again), how about something far more radical - completely flatten it!

Then take a careful look back into Poole's long history and create a modern high quality interpretation of the town centre that was there before this huge Centre was built on top of nearly all of it.

It's about time Poole uncovered it's town centre and had it back.
Never mind 'doing up' the Dolphin Centre (yet again), how about something far more radical - completely flatten it! Then take a careful look back into Poole's long history and create a modern high quality interpretation of the town centre that was there before this huge Centre was built on top of nearly all of it. It's about time Poole uncovered it's town centre and had it back. muscliffman
  • Score: 5

1:43pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

I actually have a lot of fond memories of the Dolphin Centre or the Arndale as it used to be called. As a school boy at Seldown I remember having to try and escape the eagle eyes of the security guards that used to always throw us out, after leaving school, when I worked for Millets electrical I remember working on the phase 2 expansion. Given the choice of going down a high street shopping or a shopping mall, the mall wins everytime. I wish we had them like they do in Australia, they are about 10 times the size of the Dolphin center and have absolutely everything in them.
I actually have a lot of fond memories of the Dolphin Centre or the Arndale as it used to be called. As a school boy at Seldown I remember having to try and escape the eagle eyes of the security guards that used to always throw us out, after leaving school, when I worked for Millets electrical I remember working on the phase 2 expansion. Given the choice of going down a high street shopping or a shopping mall, the mall wins everytime. I wish we had them like they do in Australia, they are about 10 times the size of the Dolphin center and have absolutely everything in them. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 0

2:31pm Thu 24 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
I actually have a lot of fond memories of the Dolphin Centre or the Arndale as it used to be called. As a school boy at Seldown I remember having to try and escape the eagle eyes of the security guards that used to always throw us out, after leaving school, when I worked for Millets electrical I remember working on the phase 2 expansion. Given the choice of going down a high street shopping or a shopping mall, the mall wins everytime. I wish we had them like they do in Australia, they are about 10 times the size of the Dolphin center and have absolutely everything in them.
I would entirely agree about the malls, but the Australian's do not usually wipe out virtually their entire Town or City centres and then stick their shopping malls on top - Poole more or less did!

Poole's heart was ripped out when the Arndale first went up and I also remember it when brand new, but maybe it's time has passed and Poole needs to return to a more traditional town centre which offers a lot more than just a huge retail outlet- and then by all means have some decent shopping malls, but in more appropriate places.
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: I actually have a lot of fond memories of the Dolphin Centre or the Arndale as it used to be called. As a school boy at Seldown I remember having to try and escape the eagle eyes of the security guards that used to always throw us out, after leaving school, when I worked for Millets electrical I remember working on the phase 2 expansion. Given the choice of going down a high street shopping or a shopping mall, the mall wins everytime. I wish we had them like they do in Australia, they are about 10 times the size of the Dolphin center and have absolutely everything in them.[/p][/quote]I would entirely agree about the malls, but the Australian's do not usually wipe out virtually their entire Town or City centres and then stick their shopping malls on top - Poole more or less did! Poole's heart was ripped out when the Arndale first went up and I also remember it when brand new, but maybe it's time has passed and Poole needs to return to a more traditional town centre which offers a lot more than just a huge retail outlet- and then by all means have some decent shopping malls, but in more appropriate places. muscliffman
  • Score: 4

10:14pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Lewcee says...

One of the plans was to remove all the fixed awnings (or rain-shields, call them what you will) in Kingland Crescent & Falkland Square - it was pointed out that these provided shelter from the rain as far as the Railway Crossing...change that at your peril, in case you haven't noticed, one of the reasons that the Dolphin Centre has some popularity is because it is DRY...(except in certain areas, where bucket still appear, and W.H. Smith are reduced to covering stock with plastic sheets,...all year round. As was said below, perhaps it would be best to knock it down and build it properly. So it does not leak . Got that? It LEAKS.
One of the plans was to remove all the fixed awnings (or rain-shields, call them what you will) in Kingland Crescent & Falkland Square - it was pointed out that these provided shelter from the rain as far as the Railway Crossing...change that at your peril, in case you haven't noticed, one of the reasons that the Dolphin Centre has some popularity is because it is DRY...(except in certain areas, where bucket still appear, and W.H. Smith are reduced to covering stock with plastic sheets,...all year round. As was said below, perhaps it would be best to knock it down and build it properly. So it does not leak . Got that? It LEAKS. Lewcee
  • Score: 0

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