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Regeneration

Bracknell town centre transformation

Bracknell town centre is being transformed into an exciting, vibrant destination for the people of Bracknell Forest and the wider Thames Valley area. It is being developed in phases:

Phase 1

This completed in 2011 when a new £6 million Waitrose store opened on Bond Way.

Phase 2

This completed on 7 September 2017, when the £240 million The Lexicon opened. The development included:

  • 70 new retail and food and beverage outlets, including two 80,000 sq ft stores housing Fenwick and Marks and Spencer, and a 12 screen cinema
  • 3,800 car spaces were provided in new or upgraded car parks
  • 8 core buildings and 6 place making squares for events and activities
  • £6.5 million extra investment in the highway infrastructure from Bracknell Forest Council

Phase 3

As part of the next phase, the council is reviewing plans for the civic quarter, Market Square and the southern gateway. Plus, work is continuing to develop Princess Square and the area around the old Bentalls store, called The Deck.

Coopers Hill, Market Street and Jubilee Gardens

Bracknell Forest Council is currently looking for an investment partner to enable the continued regeneration of Bracknell town centre.

Initially the partnership will look to develop 3 key sites within the town centre:

  • Coopers Hill
  • Market Street
  • Jubilee Gardens

There will be the potential for additional sites to be added over time.

This next stage of regeneration follows the successful and nationally recognised first 2 phases, which culminated in the launch of The Lexicon. It will also complement the £30m refurbishment of Princess Square and creation of The Deck.

The council is now seeking to appoint a partner via an OJEU Competitive Dialogue process.

More information and key documents can be found on the Bracknell Forest Council Property Joint Venture website.

Interested parties are invited to submit a standard selection questionnaire (SSQ) by noon on 27 June 2019 using the South East Business Portal.

Future development and Bracknell town centre vision

Royal Winchester House development

There are also other projects planned in the town centre area. Significant numbers of new homes are being built, including at Winchester House. More have planning permission such as at the former bus depot (Coldborough House).

The long term plan for the town centre has been described in the Bracknell Town Centre 2032 vision. If you wish to make any comments or queries please email BracknellTownCentreVision.2032@bracknell-forest.gov.uk.

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The Lexicon

Fenwick at The Lexicon Bracknell

The Lexicon has created a new social and cultural heart for the area - bringing a high-quality mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment within vibrant public spaces to the town centre.

There are a number of stores at The Lexicon including a three-storey Fenwick department store, M&S and Primark. 

A 12 screen 4DX Cineworld can be found off Eagle Lane, which is also home to a number of family-friendly restaurants including Carluccio’s, Nando’s, Zizzi and Prezzo. Meanwhile Bill’s can be found off Braccan Walk and The Bull pub is on the High Street. 

For more information, including new retailers, town centre events and promotions, visit The Lexicon, Bracknell website.

Town centre awards

The regeneration in the town centre has been recognised in a number of awards:

  • Revo Gold Awards 2017: Gold in the Re:new category and ‘Best of the Best’ in the Re:turn category
  • short listed for Planning Awards 2017: Regeneration category
  • Thames Valley Property Awards 2018: Development of the Year