Work set to start on Burgess Hill town centre revitalisation

NewRiver retail has announced that building work on the new Martlets retail and leisure development in Burgess Hill will start this summer.

The development will transform the existing shopping centre into a lively and vibrant town centre with new shops and restaurants including Next, Nandos, Wildwood, New Look as well as a 10-screen multiplex Cineworld cinema. It will also create much needed homes, a 63 bed Travelodge hotel, a new purpose built library and improved public space. 

As part of the development, frozen food chain Iceland, which is currently located in the development site, will take possession of a new store in the Church Walk area of Burgess Hill in February.

The supermarket giant Lidl is also currently located within the development area so they will be moving to the site of the former gasholder on Leylands Road, which was demolished by NewRiver retail in October last year. Long considered an eyesore by many local residents, the demolition of the gasholder has been a significant step forward for the new £65 million town centre revitalisation. A new purpose-built Lidl store can now be built on the site, freeing up space for the new town centre leisure and retail project. The land at Leylands Road is currently being prepared for development and the site is due to be handed over to Lidl in the spring, with building work expected to take place during the rest of 2018.

The new development will provide a much improved environment for leisure activities, whether shopping, eating out or going to the cinema, and will deliver a significant boost to both daytime and night time economies in the town. The plans will provide a modern shopping environment with a wide range of shops to draw customers during the day and new restaurants and cafes, along with a multiplex cinema making Burgess Hill an attractive place for evening entertainment.

The redevelopment includes larger shop units better suited to modern retailer needs to attract big name fashion retailers that are currently under represented in the town. The new units will feature a stylish modern design, with glass fronted retail units at ground level and town centre residential apartments above.

Work will begin in February to create a temporary home for the library in the vacant shop units alongside New Look. This will ensure the library remains open in the town centre while the redevelopment work takes place. The library will then reopen a new purpose built facility as part of the new development.

Mid Sussex District Council has agreed with partners Places for People Leisure that Martlets Hall will close on 30 June 2018 to make way for the new development. The council is actively working to support the relocation of the remaining users to other local venues and has negotiated a financial contribution from New River Retail which will be used to assist with this.

Building and construction work will continue at the town centre site from summer 2018 through to the end of 2020, when the project is expected to be completed and launched to the public.

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