Kier Property reaches practical completion on Columbus Quarter


In partnership with Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC), Kier Property has reached practical completion on a new retail scheme known as Columbus Quarter on the Walworth Business Park in Andover

The 26,733 sq ft scheme comprises a Lidl supermarket, a Starbucks franchise drive-thru, a Greggs and an A1/A3/A5 unit which is currently under offer. Construction of the Columbus Quarter commenced in October 2018, once 97% of the scheme was pre-let. Lidl is expected to open its doors in early Q4 and the remaining tenants will be opening over the coming weeks.

Kier Property was selected as Test Valley Borough Council’s development partner and asset manager in 2011. Practical completion of this scheme marks the third development Kier has worked on in partnership with TVBC. Planning consent has been granted on two upcoming industrial schemes on the park totalling 549,150 sq ft,

Leigh Thomas, executive director for Kier Property, commented: “Columbus Quarter specifically addresses the lack of retail offering catering to the businesses on the Walworth Business Park and the residents within the local vicinity.

“With the emerging residential developments underway on Picket Piece and Picket Twenty, we identified an exciting opportunity to provide local amenities on the gateway site into the Walworth Business Park.

“We are confident that the offering on Columbus Quarter will drive more businesses to consider the Walworth Business Park as a destination for their operations.”

Kier and TVBC were advised by LSH and JLL on the occupational element. Alex Hirst of LSH commented: “We are delighted to have helped TVBC and Kier on this project, delivering much-needed amenity for Walworth Business Park and the emerging residential population, on a site that has been unutilised for decades”

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