Heart of Poole

Poole has a vision of a prosperous future which will be achieved by combining opportunities for residential and commercial properties with attractive, well connected routes and public spaces, along with high quality retail and leisure to provide a year round, day and evening offer; where Poole’s unique heritage and culture will continue to be valued and celebrated.

LEAD: Borough of Poole

Working with:

Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets (LGIM Real Assets)
Go South Coast
Lighthouse
Supported by Deloitte

Key Benefits

new plaza-style public spaces

new bus station

over 400 new homes

new leisure centre & swimming pool

easier access to the railway station

over 4,500sqm of new office space

over 600sqm of commercial space

new hotel

less traffic & cleaner air

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What's happening?

The area to the north of the high street known as Town Centre North will be rejuvenated as the vibrant heart of the town.  It will be the focus for major new, mixed-use developments with exceptionally designed streets, spaces and buildings.  Town Centre North will become a successful go-to place that represents the best in urban design qualities enhancing Poole’s status as a top south coast destination of choice.

Work will start soon on the refurbishment of the Dolphin Shopping Centre’s internal mall, improvements to the public spaces and shop facades creating a stronger retail and food/beverage offer in Falkland Square and Kingland Crescent.  A new nine screen cinema is also planned featuring rooftop screen and bar.

For Kingland Road, by thinking differently about how we look at the connectivity and spaces between the bus station, the Dolphin Shopping Centre, the Lighthouse, the Dolphin Leisure Centre; we are aiming to radically transform the area through high quality streets, spaces and buildings. This will include:

  • A new bus station and transport interchange providing a unique sense of arrival into Poole town centre. The bus station is a crucial hub for sustainable journeys in and around the conurbation. It currently provides around 900 bus movements a day, with over 3 million bus station users each year.
  • Broaden the attraction of Poole as a destination by diversifying the offer and building on the improvements to the Dolphin Shopping Centre with new commercial areas, bars and restaurants supporting both the daytime and evening economy
  • High quality public spaces and streets through beautiful landscaped public realm embracing the Lighthouse and providing multi-use space all year round and improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
  • A new leisure and fitness centre complete with an 8-lane swimming pool to replace the current Poole (Dolphin) Leisure Centre. Read more.
  • Enabling town centre living with potential for over 400 new high quality homes to be delivered in the centre
  • A new 120 bed hotel and office space
  • A better connected and more accessible place through the closure of Kingland Road thereby reducing vehicle dominance, promoting more sustainable modes of transport and enhancing the pedestrian environment.

We also plan to use our assets differently and have ear-marked two redevelopment sites to support the financial viability for the Heart of Poole.  These include sites on Constitution Hill and part of Beach Road car park.