Re-use and adaptation proposed for Bournemouth’s former Beales store

tor&co has submitted a full planning application for the alteration and re-use of a vacant town centre department store.

The building is a local landmark in the heart of the town that has been empty since the closure of Beales in March 2020. A fresh approach to building function and use is proposed to avoid it becoming redundant.

Commercial, business and service use is proposed at ground level with windows and doors opening onto the street to create interest and activity. Residential apartments are proposed at upper levels, with balconies and landscaped roof terrace areas to provide private amenity space.

The proposals involve the retention of the main existing building structure and its adaptation and retrofitting to accommodate new uses. The replacement of the existing building façade enables the building to meet modern requirements and standards, including enhanced energy performance.

The application is set to be determined in 2023.

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