DEVELOPERS have detailed plans on how they intend to bring Barclays House forward as a new 362-bedroom apartment building. 

New owners Vision Capital Real Estate, which has its office in Sandford Lane, Wareham, bought Barclays House earlier this year for £5.3 million, documents show.

If planning permission is given, the developers hope to create a mixture of 192 one-bedroom suites, 72 one-bedroom apartments and 98 two-bedroom apartments across eight floors. 

A design and access statement, prepared on behalf of the developers by L Planning, said the ultimate goal is to “breathe new life” into the building and preserve the iconic brutalist block built in 1976.

Bournemouth Echo: Sketch of bedroomSketch of bedroom (Image: L Planning/Vision Capital/ARC Architects)

It added: “By adhering to sustainable design practices and setting an example of adaptive development, the project will not only preserve the building’s unique heritage but is also intended to inspire similar revitalisation efforts for other disused structures in the region.

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“This redevelopment will serve as a model for how to create thriving, sustainable, and community-oriented spaces that contribute positively to the local environment and foster a sense of pride and belonging among the residents.” 

The redevelopment would feature a gym, communal workspace, squash courts, a games room with table tennis, pool, video games, surfboard storage and a rooftop garden.

Bournemouth Echo: Sketch of rooftop gardenSketch of rooftop garden (Image: L Planning/Vision Capital/ARC Architects)

On the games room, the planning statement said: “These communal spaces are hubs for friendly competition, laughter, and bonding, creating a sense of camaraderie and neighbourly connections. 

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“Residents can enjoy casual games or even organise tournaments, making the games room a versatile and social hub within the building.  

“These amenities add significant value to apartment living by promoting a balanced lifestyle that includes both relaxation and social engagement.” 

Bournemouth Echo: Sketch of rooftop gardenSketch of rooftop garden (Image: L Planning/Vision Capital/ARC Architects)

Developers will create 488 cycle spaces - or one space for every resident. 

However, there would not be any car parking spaces as the scheme would be car-free. 

According to the planning documents, new residents could bring £3.4m to the Poole economy 

A decision on the proposals will be made by BCP Council at a later date.