Andover Town Centre Redevelopment
Andover Masterplan - A new era for Andover
Earlier this year Test Valley Borough Council purchased the Chantry Centre in Andover's town centre. The council already owned the freehold but now owns the long leasehold having bought this from Aviva. This is a very real demonstration of our commitment to regenerating the town. As the council pushes forward with its vision for Andover, the project to develop a Cultural Quarter on the adjacent site is being joined with the Chantry Centre.
The project will begin with the council developing a masterplan for the area and we are delighted that HemingwayDesign and NEW Masterplanning are delivering this. To have two high-profile companies on board is genuinely exciting and indicates the significance of this major project.
The masterplan process will take around 12 months to complete and will involve significant consultation with the public to decide what the future of Andover will look like. Once the masterplan is in place, the council is likely to appoint a developer partner to start delivering changes in the town.
The town centre redevelopment area
The Cultural Quarter area includes The Lights theatre, Andover College, the new leisure centre, Andover Magistrates’ Court and one of the Simply Health offices. Following the purchase of the Chantry Centre, the council is now a majority landowner and we have the opportunity to fundamentally redevelop the town centre and ensure that it serves its growing community.
In the meantime...
We will be pressing ahead with other enhancements to the town centre. Our brand new leisure centre will be a wonderful facility for the town and our decision to keep this facility in the town centre means it will bring valuable footfall to this area.
Our plans for delivering a new riverside park at Town Mills are progressing as we continue to work with Hampshire County Council to bring this project to life. This will be another important piece in the fabric of the Andover town centre of the future. Creating an attractive, family friendly space is at the heart of the council’s proposals for this area and indeed will be underlying principles for the redevelopment of our town centre, reflecting the evolution of other town centres like Andover.
The council will also be taking opportunities to make some immediate improvements. We receive regular feedback about the condition of the Chantry Centre toilets at the bus station and so refurbishing these will be one of the projects at the top of our list.
At the end of January 2019, the council opened a new Changing Places toilet facility in the Unity office, which also operates the Shopmobility scheme. This will assist in improving the accessibility of our town centre. We also know from speaking to customers of The Lights and Andover Leisure Centre that it would be helpful for us to extend the opening hours of the Chantry Centre car park. In April, we extended the opening time to enable those eating, drinking, exercising and socialising to stay out for longer.
The redevelopment of the town centre will be a large and complex project and it isn’t going to happen overnight but we are starting work on it straight away. We will continue to share our plans with residents and businesses along the way.
October 2019 - Students share their vision for the future of Andover
September 2019 - Community comes together to talk about town centre transformation
August 2019 - Town Mill transformation gets green light