A milestone in the redevelopment of Aldershot town centre was reached with a topping out ceremony at the Union Yard scheme, just over a year after construction began.

The ceremony marked the completion of the building’s concrete structure and councillors, staff and representatives from the Hill Group came together to pour the topping concrete on the roof.

Planning permission for the scheme was granted by Rushmoor Borough Council in June 2020 and construction started in November 2021 following clearance of the site.

Once complete, the scheme will offer 100 new town centre homes and accommodation for 128 local students alongside a mix of retail, commercial and community space. Among the features will be a makers’ yard with a new public square and creative space for small and independent businesses.

Cllr David Clifford, leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, said: “This is a proud moment for us. Union Yard is going to transform Aldershot town centre, and it is clear for all to see the progress that has been made. So much hard work has gone into this, and we are grateful to everyone.”

Cllr Martin Tennant, deputy leader and cabinet member for major projects and property, said: “This part of the build has taken little over 12 months to complete, emerging out of the ground at great pace, and we expect for the project to be finished by the Summer of next year.”

The council is now looking to appoint a commercial agent to market Union Yard and to be the point of contact for potential end users when the units are offered to the market ahead of the scheme’s completion in Summer 2024.

Visit the Union Yard page on the council’s website.

Image below shows (l-r):  Mark Griffiths, senior manager – infrastructure grant for Homes England; Cllr Martin Tennant, deputy leader and cabinet member for major projects and property for Rushmoor Borough Council; Ernie Battey, non-executive director for the Hill Group; Cllr David Clifford (front), leader of Rushmoor Borough Council; Cllr Maurice Sheehan, deputy leader and cabinet member for operational services for Rushmoor Borough Council and Stephen Martin, joint managing director for Enterprise M3. 

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