Projects on the way
Riverside North, Bedford
The planning application for this £50m scheme has been approved.
With a range of occupiers of its commercial and leisure
property signed up, Coplan Estates, the Council's development
partner for the project, is planning for a Spring 2014 start and an
Autumn 2015 completion.
Bedford Bus Station Area Regeneration
Work is underway on a significant regeneration of Bedford's bus
station area including a new surface car park, a major
refurbishment of the area's multi-storey car park and a
redevelopment of the bus station itself. Completion of all three
components is expected by March 2015.
Church Lane, Bedford, Regeneration
The largest community based regeneration project in the Borough
at present is the Church Lane Regeneration scheme on the eastern
side of Bedford. Coplan Estates has completed work on Phase One,
which included the construction of a new Aldi 17,000 sq ft food
store and car park. The store was officially opened in July 2010.
Next phases of the project are now moving forward including a new
medical centre, further retail space and a major
renewal of the existing community centre.
Bedford High Street
A multi-million pound scheme of structural repairs, restoration
of traditional shopfronts, reinstatement of lost architectural
details and bringing upper floors back into productive use is
underway (see our Bedford High Street
The Higgins, Bedford
The Higgins (Art Gallery and Museum) £5.8 million pound
remodelling and refurbishment is complete. From a 2010 start, the
completion of construction work was marked by a ‘Topping Out’
celebration in July 2012 (see photo) with the formal opening
on 2013's longest day, 21st June.
The Higgins Bedford brings together an internationally renowned
art collection with a brand new visitor experience of national
significance, that does justice to the stories behind the people,
places and collections associated with both the former museum and
art gallery. The project also features a hugely expanded
floorspace for exhibitions, state-of-the-art modern facilities and
the latest technology to enable people of all ages to enjoy the
Bedford Station Quarter South
With deferral in 2010 of the planned construction of a new
Bedford railway station, major development of the area south of the
station is on hold until new station proposals emerge. Other work,
however, has continued, with platform extensions and improved cycle
parking at the existing station and the redevelopment of the former
Focus DIY Store south of the station to create the well used
Ashburnham Road Car Park, further cycle parking and electric
vehicle charging points.
St Cuthbert’s Church, Bedford
This scheme to improve the environs of St Cuthbert’s Church was
completed in 2010 and included reinstating and improving its hard
and soft landscaping and the restoration of the walls and footpaths
around the perimeter of the church.
Castle Quay, Bedford
Castle Quay was officially opened in 2009 and has provided a
valuable extension to the Town Centre. This development provides a
new location for modern town centre living with its 108 residential
apartments, 3 restaurants and 8 specialist retail units adding
further variety to Bedford’s shopping and dining offer. Castle Quay
also embraces the rich heritage of this area of the town,
showcasing an open air archaeology park ‘Castle Bailey Gardens’,
and the ‘Lime Kiln Vault’ (a scheduled ancient monument), providing
a fitting gateway to the ‘Cultural Quarter’ and ‘The Higgins’ (art
gallery and museum) – see above.
Church Square, Bedford
Church Square improvement scheme, completed in 2008, has upgraded a
significant focal point of the town centre. A new water fountain
has created a sense of tranquility whilst selected motifs depicting
Bedford’s past have been placed amongst the natural stone paving
and record the story of the Square’s history since the 19th
Century. Along with new seating, tree planting and feature
lighting, which illuminates the buildings around the square at
night, the improvements create a pleasant and relaxing