Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company opens new retail and leisure space in town centre
Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company (WBRC) has opened The Shed, a new shopping, food and leisure offer in Whitehill & Bordon’s new town centre.
The Shed is a unique, authentic shared experience, offering artisan treats, home cooked food, arts & crafts, creative workspaces and great local entertainment, and featuring 15 of the best local makers and creators, as well as a Market every Saturday and entertainment at The Cube.
Visitors will be spoilt for choice with food, beverage and retail at The Shed where WBRC has rounded up the best in show of home-grown businesses ready to share their wares with the public. T
All can be enjoyed while watching local entertainment in the Town Park, or at The Shed's very own performance space, The Cube – the sister venue to The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre. On opening day there will be three performances from Culinary Capers, a food-focused show that cooks up fun showing feats with fruit and vegetables, balancing baguettes and displaying plenty of daring deeds with dishes.
The Shed will also host live events, with talks from local war-hero Brian Wood and Greenpeace speaker Meg Allin, and locally-sourced live music starting with students from The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.
James Child, Project Lead at Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, says: “We are so pleased to be bringing forward this first incredible offer in our developing town centre project. We are very proud to be supporting local businesses and providing a hub in which they can grow, as well as providing the public with a place that they can meet friends and relax, especially after the year we have all had. We see The Shed as the first step in putting Whitehill & Bordon on the map as a bold and inviting destination that welcomes innovation and inclusion and embraces its local heritage and natural environment.”
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Mans, says: “The Shed will be a great asset to the town and a draw for people locally and further afield. As a key partner in the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon, we have delivered vital infrastructure including the Relief Road, which we further upgraded with a new section of shared use footway and cycleway integrating the new and existing development areas to create a green, healthy and connected town. Additionally, construction of the new, sustainable secondary school, together with the innovative Future Skills Centre ensures that prospects for successive generations of young residents and the town’s economic prosperity are bright.”
Cllr Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, says: “This is another major step on the path to Whitehill & Bordon's transformation into a green, healthy and connected town. It seems that every few weeks another fantastic facility is opened in the town, delivering on the partnership’s vision and ambition. The Shed is the latest exciting new venue for the town, and I look forward to seeing it busy and buzzing.”
Andy Tree, Leader of Whitehill Town Council, says: "The opening of the Shed marks another milestone in delivery of a new Town Centre and I am very excited to see it open and sample what the businesses have to offer. With the new swimming pool opened at end of last year and new supermarket announcement also made this month, I hope that me and my fellow residents will now benefit from the positive aspects of the Whitehill & Bordon regeneration project."