The proposals for the Weymouth Gateway site include:
New Look office
New Look’s current office space will be replaced with a modern three-storey building located at the entrance to the scheme, its prominent position within the site reflecting New Look’s commitment to Weymouth.
The design of the building will not be typical of a standard business park office; its shop front element will explain its pre-eminence on the site and the function of the company as a leading fashion retailer. The overall intention is for clean modern elevations, substantially glazed to maximise the use of natural light and exploit the view from upper levels.
Approximately 180,000sq ft of office, light industrial and warehouse units will be developed in phases, creating additional job opportunities for the area.
The employment units will be at a height of two storeys and flexible in their design and approach to allow for a wide range of businesses uses.
Hotel and family restaurant
An 80 bedroom hotel will provide an important additional facility for Weymouth, particularly with the influx of additional tourism expected from the forthcoming 2012 Olympic sailing regatta.
The family restaurant will form part of the site’s social heart, providing a meeting and eating place for hotel guests, local people and those working and shopping on the site.
The chosen operator will work with New Look to submit detailed designs for the hotel and restaurant later this year.
Sainsbury’s has signed up to operate the new superstore, providing an increase in the choice available to shoppers in Weymouth. The plans include associated parking, a petrol filling station, landscaping and a community recycling centre.
Sainsbury’s is now in the process of drawing up detailed plans for its store and will be consulting on the plans over the coming months.
Existing industrial terrace
The existing industrial terrace will be retained, including the ambulance station.
In order to fully complete and evaluate the proposals, two units have been added to the previously designated ‘available site’. The exact use of this area is undetermined and could include a variety of uses as suggested during the consultation process, subject to future detailed planning.
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