Harvest Partnership withdraws from Kingsmead plans
On Monday 31 March, the Harvest Partnership announced its withdrawal from its plans at Kingsmead.
This is due to a decision by the Sainsbury’s Board not to go ahead with their new store on the site of the Serco depot/old coach park and the Coldharbour housing area.
Sainsbury’s says that following a recent review of the scheme, and as result of changing shopping patterns in the food retail sector, it concluded it was no longer financially viable to progress the proposals any further. The company has confirmed its commitment to remain on its current site at Kingsmead.
The Harvest Partnership, which comprises Sainsbury’s and Land Securities, was also planning a new cinema and restaurants on the current Sainsbury’s site once the store had moved. Sainsbury’s decision means this aspect of the project will also not proceed on this site.
While this announcement is very disappointing, the council remains committed to the regeneration of Kingsmead. We are now exploring alternative uses for the depot/old coach park and Coldharbour housing, which remains a very attractive development site. It has the potential for a mixture of uses including leisure, retail, business and residential (as was envisaged in the original development brief in 2004) and we will look at options for delivering the cinema and restaurants on this site.
We are actively working on a new timetable for the project, and although there may be a small delay to the timing, we are continuing to work on the long held ambition of regenerating the Kingsmead area.
This setback will not have repercussions on the other planned developments as part of the Kingsmead area regeneration project. Subject to the necessary council decisions, the improvements to the leisure centre will go ahead as planned, while early discussions are already underway with local community groups regarding the future of the Kingsmead field. This development will not have any impact on those negotiations either.