Construction begins on PureGym and B&M Home Store with Garden Centre at Kingsway
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Construction has begun on a new 47,000ft2 retail and leisure scheme at Kingsway in Gloucester.
Developer Robert Hitchins Ltd is bringing Pure Gym and a B&M Home Store with Garden Centre to the three-acre brownfield site in Newhaven Road, Kingsway. There will also be 205 parking spaces.
Michael Plimmer, Senior Development Manager for Robert Hitchins Ltd, said: “Kingsway Retail & Leisure Park will bring two national names to Kingsway. This development will not only regenerate a derelict site which has been empty for more than a decade, it is also bringing more retail and leisure facilities to local people, creating 60 local jobs and economic investment from successful companies who are offering long-term commitment to the area.”
Present at the turf cutting, along with Michael Plimmer, were ward councillor for Kingsway Cllr Richard Cook (the new leader of Gloucester City Council), MD of Barnwood Construction Ben Ramsay, and Property and Development Director for Robert Hitchins Ltd Simon Tothill.
Pure Gym is backed by cycling supremo Sir Chris Hoy and has almost 1 million members at 192 premises nationwide.
B&M, formed in 1978, is one of the leading variety retailers in the UK. It employs more than 28,000 staff in 560 stores all over the UK.
Councillors agreed to grant planning permission for the development in June. Construction should be complete by September 2020.