Castlepoint Shopping Centre

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Coordinates: 50°45′10″N 1°50′29″W / 50.75278°N 1.84139°W / 50.75278; -1.84139

Castlepoint Shopping Centre
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Location Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom
Opening date 27 October 2003
Developer Kier Group
Management Castlepoint Management
Owner Standard Life Investments, Castlemore Securities Ltd and Threadneedle Investment Properties Ltd
No. of stores and services 40 active
No. of floors 2
Parking 2 Levels with 3,000 spaces
Website Official website

Castlepoint Shopping Centre is a retail park in Bournemouth, Dorset, in the United Kingdom, occupying a 41-acre (17 ha) site containing around 40 shops, including major retailers such as Marks & Spencer, Gap, Topshop, Asda, Sainsbury's, and B&Q. It is situated 3 miles (4.8 km) north-east from the centre of town, off Castle Lane West on the former site of The Hampshire Centre.

History[edit]

The centre opened to the public on 27 October 2003, following a major redevelopment of the site, which had previously been occupied by The Hampshire Centre for around 35 years.[1][2] Construction of the centre, undertaken by Kier Group,[3] took over two years and cost some £275 million.[4] On 8 October 2007, the Asda store on site was evacuated for a number of hours after a small fire broke out in the toilets.[5] In February 2008, the inaugural Pancake Race took place to raise money for good causes and was run again in February 2009.[6]

The Hampshire Centre, (19 October 2001)

Car park problems[edit]

Netting and props underneath the car park are still in place (May 2011)

Shortly after the centre opened, concerns about the condition of the car park came to public attention when B&Q was forced to temporarily cease trading while the safety of the car park was determined. In May 2005 temporary safety netting was erected in the lower deck area of the east car park and around 1,000 parking spaces were closed to the public after concrete fell from the roof.[7][8] By 26 May 2005, these parking spaces had re-opened, although the netting remained in place.[9]

On 1 December 2005, the car park was again closed to the public following further safety concerns.[10] This led to the temporary closure of all stores within the main site.[11] The stores within the East and West Village were unaffected by this closure and remained open, although parking for these stores was limited.[12] Whilst the centre was closed a free park and ride scheme was introduced to take shoppers to alternative shops within Bournemouth town centre.[13] Following repair work, the car parking spaces and stores in the main centre were re-opened to the public in a phased manner between 20 December 2005 and 13 February 2006.[14][15][16][17][18][19]

Although the carpark was made safe with the insertion of props and the stores in the centre re-opened (and remain so), the longer term solution for rebuilding the carpark is still to be resolved.[20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28]

Retailers[edit]

Castlepoint has 40 stores and restaurants built over 645,000 square feet (59,900 m2) of retail space. Since opening in 2003, several stores have ceased trading at the centre such as Principles,[29] Virgin Megastores, Suits Direct, All Sports, Barratts, Choices Video and Lunn Poly (later Thomson). After the sale of Virgin Megastores in the United Kingdom, the stores were re-branded as Zavvi and after going into administration in 2009, had some of their sites sold to HMV, which operated the site at Castlepoint until 2013, following the closure of some HMV UK stores. The following list of retailers are trading at the centre as of April 2013:[30]

The centre has numerous places to eat and drink including Frankie & Benny's and Nando's in the East Village and in the main centre Costa Coffee (in WHSmith), Caffe Nero (in Waterstones), McDonald's (in Asda), Thorntons Cafe, Cafe Revive (in Marks&Spencer), Sainsbury's cafe and Bar 39.

Transport[edit]

The car park is free to use, has space for 3,000 cars over two levels and is monitored by 109 digital CCTV cameras.

The Centre is served regularly by Local Bus operators such as Yellow Buses and Wilts & Dorset who use the "More" branding as well as their standard Wilts and Dorset branding. Below is a list of services which serve the Centre from 2011 onwards.

Yellow Buses RATP Group

  • 2a Alum Chine – Kinson via Bournemouth Square, Boscombe, Bournemouth Hospital, Castlepoint, Leybourne Avenue Every 60min
  • 2b Alum Chine – Kinson via Bournemouth Square, Boscombe, Bournemouth Hospital, Castlepoint, East Howe, West Howe Every 60min
  • 2c Westbourne – Castlepoint via Bournemouth, Boscombe, Bournemouth Hospital Every 30min
  • 3 Bournemouth Square – Bournemouth Hospital via Bournemouth Interchange, Charminster, Castlepoint Every 7/8min
  • 4b Bournemouth Square – Bournemouth Hospital via Bournemouth Interchange, Winton, Muscliffe, Castlepoint Every 30min
  • 20 Castlepoint – Poole Bus Station via Charminster, Braidley Road, Bournemouth Triangle, Penn Hill, Lilliput Every 60min
  • 41 Throop – Boscombe Pier via Castlepoint, Stroundan Avenue, Bournemouth Interchange, Boscombe Bus Station 3 Return Journeys

Wilts and Dorset Go Ahead Group

  • M1 Castlepoint – Poole via Charminster, Bournemouth Interchange, Bournemouth Square, Westbourne, Upper Parkstone Every 7/8min
  • 15 Bournemouth Hospital – Poole via Winton, Wallisdown, Upper Parkstone Every 60min

Awards[edit]

  • 2005 Purple Apple Marketing Award for its Think Big! campaign.[32]
  • 2007 Safer Business Award.[33]

Celebrity Visitors[edit]

March 2004 – Jacqueline Wilson[34]

August 2009 – Katie Price (aka Jordan)[35][36][37][38]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Castlemore's shopping spree". Building Design. 13 July 2001. Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Property news – More retailers commit to Bournemouth retail park". Retail Week. 1 November 2002. Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Castelpoint: Who will pay?". Daily Echo. 25 August 2006. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bournemouth's £250m retail scheme opens". Property Week. 28 October 2003. Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Asda evacuated after toilet fire". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 8 October 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Flipping Good Fun!". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "Safety probe at shopping centre". BBC News. 13 May 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Centre car park will reopen fully in days". Dorset Echo. 14 May 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Safety scare car park open again". BBC News. 26 May 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Centre may be shut over Christmas". BBC News. 1 December 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "Bournemouth shopping centre shut over safety fears". Construction News. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  12. ^ "Car Park and Centre Closure". CastlepointBournemouth.co.uk. 4 December 2005. Archived from the original on 4 December 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  13. ^ "Free bus replaces closed centre". BBC News. 9 December 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  14. ^ "Safety scare car park to reopen". BBC News. 6 December 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  15. ^ "Shopping centre reopening fears". BBC News. 13 December 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  16. ^ "Shops set for partial reopening". BBC News. 16 December 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  17. ^ "Troubled centre opens more spaces". BBC News. 29 December 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  18. ^ "One Castlepoint shop left to open". BBC News. 19 January 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  19. ^ "Solar gain weakens troubled car park beams". New Civil Engineer. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  20. ^ "Centre car park 'must be rebuilt'". BBC News. 9 May 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  21. ^ "Castlepoint: Car Park Rebuild stalls after rows". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 23 November 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  22. ^ "Centre car park rebuild for 2007". BBC News. 29 November 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  23. ^ "Castlepoint Repair Plan". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 31 May 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  24. ^ "Parking mad". Building. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  25. ^ "No rebuild plan for Castlepoint in sight". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 28 December 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  26. ^ "Solution to Castlepoint car park?". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  27. ^ "Mall's well that ends well". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 26 October 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  28. ^ "Castlepoint Shopping Park – Car Park Progress Update". Standardlifeweb.co.uk. 31 May 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  29. ^ "Collapse brings 'first' for Castlepoint". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  30. ^ http://www.castlepointshopping.com/stores.aspx
  31. ^ "Mario back in the Game at Castlepoint". www.businessdorset.co.uk. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  32. ^ "Purple Apple Marketing Award". Castlepointbournemouth.co.uk. 3 February 2006. Archived from the original on 6 January 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  33. ^ "Safer Business Award for Castlepoint". brc.org.uk. 14 September 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  34. ^ Ezard, John (10 March 2004). "Signing lasts 8 hours". London: Guardian Newspaper. Retrieved 16 November 2009. 
  35. ^ "Katie Price cancels Castlepoint book signing". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  36. ^ "Katie's fans are Priceless". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  37. ^ "Katie Price 'devastated' to upset fans". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  38. ^ "Katie Price signs in to delight her fans". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 

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