EMPTY buildings and enterprise premises have turn into a standard sight throughout cities and cities up and down the nation.
Prior to now few years modifications to buying habits and rising overheads have compelled firms to rethink the best way they function, main to on-line platforms being prioritised.
Southampton has not been resistant to the most recent developments which have resulted in items or in some instances, whole buildings, being left vacant and finally falling into disrepair.
Whereas some premises are nonetheless mendacity empty, with no plans to renovate them as but, others will quickly make manner for studios or turn into the house of latest companies.
Beneath are 5 empty buildings resulting from be introduced again to life.
Learn extra: Photos present modifications to Southampton up to now decade
Sir James Matthews constructing
This spectacular constructing in Southampton metropolis centre has been vacant since Solent College determined to maneuver its enterprise, legislation and digital programs in 2019.
It was previously Plummers division retailer.
Earlier this yr, the College of Southampton purchased the location in Guildhall Sq. and is now within the technique of renovating it.
The college has additionally unveiled plans to reopen The Artisan, a well-liked cafe synonym of stay music and and movies screened on the partitions.
Former Topshop and Topman retailer
This unit in Above Bar Avenue has stood empty since February 2020 – 4 months after Topshop’s dad or mum firm, Arcadia Group, went into administration.
Nonetheless, sport and style retailer, JD, has submitted a planning utility to maneuver into the empty retailer.
JD already occupies a unit additional up the street, at 68-70 Above Bar Avenue, however that is at present listed for lease on property web site Realla.
Former Eastpoint Centre website
The previous Eastpoint Centre website in Burgoyne Street, Hightown is to make manner for 128 flats and homes.
Previously the house of Hightown Secondary Faculty, which shut within the early Eighties, the constructing was later taken over by the Eastpoint Centre, which was used as a coaching centre for plumbers, electricians and fuel engineers.
The proposed growth, authorized final month, consists of two blocks of residences and 21 homes.
Bugle Avenue constructing
This listed constructing at 1A Bugle Avenue, close to City Quay, is being became a marriage venue.
The Italian-style website dates again to 1846 and was previously the house of the Royal Southern Yacht Membership.
After sitting empty for “a number of years”, The Lovebug Group Restricted was granted planning permission to transform the constructing into a seven-bedroom lodge, a combined use venue centre, and wedding ceremony venue.
Constructing works are ongoing.
Bedford Place unit
16 Bedford Place was beforehand occupied by Peter Conway Tailoring.
However after the store closed down, Shirley Robinson was given permission to show the unit right into a Caribbean-style takeaway.
The takeaway shall be allowed to open between 12noon and 10pm, seven days per week.
Work will begin as soon as a written scheme for the management of noise, fumes and odours from extractor followers and different tools has been submitted to and authorized in writing by the Native Planning Authority.
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