Horsham’s multi million pound redevelopment of Piries Place is now well underway and is set to ultimately transform the area.
Piries Place is an important town centre location for both day time and evening visitors. The regeneration will create a high quality shopping and leisure offer for residents, visitors and businesses which will enhance the existing town centre with the development of a new three screen Everyman cinema, a 92-bed Premier Inn hotel and a range of new restaurant and retail outlets.
As the redevelopment work continues it is still very much “business as usual” on the east side of the town as existing retailers and restauranteurs continue to trade in the area.
Developers Reef are now in discussion with a number of new retailers and restauranteurs who have expressed an interest in coming to the area, including the Brasserie White Company (Raymond Blanc gastro pub) who have committed to occupying the largest restaurant unit which will front onto the Carfax.
On 18 June the existing car park at Piries Place will close to be demolished and replaced by a new modern car park on the same site.
The new car park will have more spaces which will be wider than the spaces in the existing car park, with easier access, which will significantly improve the customer experience.
Whilst the new car park is being constructed the Council has organised for additional parking spaces to be made available to the public at its offices at Parkside, Chart Way and in the Dukes Square Car Park behind the Drill Hall in Denne Road.
Additionally, a further 33 car parking spaces will be available in the Hurst Road Car Park (Pavilions In The Park) as the reconfiguration of this car park is scheduled to be complete as the Piries Place car park closes.
Toilets during this redevelopment phase will be available at the Capitol, the Forum, the bus station, Pavilions In The Park Leisure Centre (full disabled access Changing Placesprovision) and Swan Walk Shopping Centre. Please note that in Swan Walk Shopping Centre the toilets have been relocated to the top of Springfield Court Mall near Wilkinsons until further notice.
The redevelopment of the car park and shopping and leisure area are set to be completed by mid- 2019.
Commenting on this major redevelopment, Cabinet Member for the Local Economy Cllr Gordon Lindsay said:
“We look forward to the construction phase making rapid progress throughout the coming months.
“During the reconstruction it is also good to see local businesses continuing as normal during the building works.
“The longer term benefits of this redevelopment will outweigh the short term disruption and we are grateful to residents, visitors and businesses for bearing with us as the construction work progresses towards successful completion.”