Construction has begun on the first major regeneration project in Aldershot town centre.

The £40 million scheme will see the replacement of shops between Union Street and High Street with a scheme of 100 new homes, 128 student units and public spaces called Union Yard and Makers Yard which will be supported by creative businesses and independent retailers.

The scheme, which is separate from Shaviram’s plans for The Galleries site, is being brought forward by Rushmoor Borough Council with Hill Group as delivery partners. Demolition of old shop units was completed in early November. The scheme is due to be completed in Spring 2024.

Cllr David Clifford, leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, visited the site in November, along with cabinet colleagues Cllr Martin Tennant and Cllr Maurice Sheehan.

Cllr Clifford said: “We promised that we would deliver a transformed town centre and that’s just what we’re doing. We have completed the demolition phase and, without pausing for breath, we are now cracking on with construction. I can’t wait to see the development taking shape next year – these are exciting times for Aldershot.”

Energy performance of the development will be 45 per cent higher than Government requirements. It will include photovoltaic panels, fabric-efficient buildings and a combined heat and power plant to generate heating and electricity.

Group chief executive for Hill Group Andy Hill said: ”It has been great to see the timely progress at Union Yard which will now enable us to start the all-important construction phase on schedule.”

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