THE first phase in the development of a new business park in Portsmouth is on course to be completed by the autumn.
The shopping and lifestyle hub at the Lakeside North Harbour business park is taking shape, with Portsmouth contractors Warings staying on schedule despite the recent miserable weather.
The steel skeleton of the two one-storey buildings are in place, with windows about to be installed.
The two pavilions will finally be linked to the 1000 Lakeside building – the former home of IBM – by a fabric canopy.
Two of the hub’s seven units have already been pre-let to The Southern Co-operative, and will be used for a convenience store and florist.
With no further shops planned at the business park, the units are attracting interest from potential occupiers.
Tim Clark, retail specialist at joint agents, Hughes Ellard, said: ‘We are in discussions with both regionally-based retailers and national chains, regarding four of the five remaining units.
‘The prime attraction is the potential customer base, with more than 4,000 people based at Lakeside North Harbour, all of whom have to travel off-site for the products and services which will be offered by the new retail hub.’
The business park is run by facility management company Highcross.
The firm’s managing director, Nick Turner, said: ‘The new retail and lifestyle hub is in a prominent site, right in front of our landmark 1000 Lakeside building, and will form an exciting, attractive extension to the building’s busy atrium and bring a whole new range of facilities for companies already based at the park.
‘This is a one-off opportunity for retailers to take advantage of Lakeside North Harbour’s popularity with regional businesses and we are delighted by the early interest in the scheme.’