Town Centre North

Priority sites within Town Centre North regeneration area

Heart of Poole

Our flagship town centre transformation site is in the area to the north of the high street in the town centre.  This priority site (encompassing the bus station, Dolphin Shopping Centre, Lighthouse Poole, Seldown car / coach park, Dolphin Leisure Centre and Kingland Road car park) 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.  It will create an outstanding and attractive destination where people will want to live, work and enjoy their free time.

Status: Concept

Dolphin Shopping Centre and former Argos

The Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole has received planning permission to develop the former Argos and adjoining units into a new purpose built nine-screen cinema complex, complete with one open-air rooftop screen and four adjacent casual dining restaurants. Empire Cinemas has signed a 25-year lease to operate the complex. The Dolphin covers 530,000 square footage with over 100 retail, restaurant and leisure brands and has an annual footfall of 11 million. The latest retailers opening stores in the centre include H&M, Deichmann, Smiggle and JD.

Status: Planning approved

Photo credit : Legal & General / TP Bennett

Arndale House and 1-17 Kingland Road (former Natwest Bank)

Planning permission is being sought for 225 residential apartments split across two buildings, with associated car and cycle parking. The ground floor includes two Food and Drinks units (107.4sq m and 127.4 sq m) and office workspace (888 sq m). The development also aims to improve the streetscape and public realm around the site, providing an active frontage along Kingland Road.

Status: Planning application

Photo credit : DPP Planning

Veneti Apartments (former HMRC Offices/St Johns House)

Planning permission has been approved for a development of a part 12-storey / part 14-storey block of 203 residential apartments on the site of the former HMRC and St John’s House in Serpentine Road. The new buildings will incorporate a fitness suite for residents, roof gardens, car parking and bicycle storage.  Neighbouring sites include the Goods Yard and Poole Stadium. It is envisaged these sites will come forward for redevelopment in the future offering a mix of offices, supporting commercial uses and approximately 700 new homes.

Status: Planning approved

Photo credit : DPP Planning

Lighthouse Poole

The £5.3 million major refurbishment programme to improve and update the nationally important cultural centre for the arts has been completed.  The work took place in two phases over the summers of 2015 and 2016. The extensive and carefully considered refurbishment programme provided new education and rehearsal space, improvements to the Concert Hall, Theatre and backstage and environmental enhancements including a new glass frontage, digital displays and LED lighting. The project was funded by Arts Council England, Borough of Poole, and generous grants and donations from trusts, foundations and individual supporters.

Status: Complete

Photo credit : Richard Budd