07 Dec Millions of pounds put into regenerating Bournemouth

Bournemouth is currently in the middle of a multi-million pound development programme to regenerate the town centre. The town’s new projects include a Hilton Hotel and Sky Bar, a leisure complex, and central apartments.

Bar So are excited to have a first-hand view of Bournemouth’s development projects, which are guaranteed to attract more people to the town centre. Bournemouth Council has said that the key themes of the development project include business, economy, and public engagement.

Locals are already making the most of the mixed-use Citrus Building which was unveiled early in 2015. The building comprises 64 apartments and a £900,000 Caribbean restaurant, Turtle Bay. The new housing has proved extremely popular with first time buyers, who make up nearly 50% of the occupants.

The most recent addition to the town centre is the £60m five-star Hilton Hotel. On the 8th floor of the hotel, there is a Sky Bar which offers guests a panoramic view of Bournemouth’s coastline. The drinks menu features a selection of cocktails, premium spirits, and wines from all over the world.

In the near future, residents can expect to see a £50m leisure complex in place of what used to be the Exeter Road NCP car park. The site is said to feature a multiplex Odeon cinema and a number of restaurant chains including Nando’s, Chiquito, and Frankie and Benny’s.

The programme has opened up many employment opportunities in the hospitality industry, with 60 jobs alone having been created by Turtle Bay. This is sure to improve Bournemouth’s thriving economy, which Bar So are proud to be a part of.