A new lease
Caversham is beginning to get the village centre that it deserves! The owners of the St. Martin’s Centre have been working on refurbishment and redevelopment plans for the last three years in order to create an environment which will substantially enhance the visitors experience. This in turn will benefit the existing retailers and also entice new operators.
The plans also include some diversification of uses which will include leisure and residential in order to expand the appeal of the centre and extend the trading hours.
The popular market trades on the first and third Sundays of each month.
Much thought and care has been taken in choosing the materials to be used, to ensure that they made the step change in quality that is vital to upgrading the centre.
All the units have had new shop fronts made from anodized aluminium in either Merlin Grey or Stone Green Grey, with tiled piers in polished ceramic grey/bronze tiles. Signage has been resited on the front of the canopy in a ‘house style’ of white lettering on glass, together with flag signs for each unit. All this together with replacing all the paving, street furniture, planting and lighting has completely transformed the centre.
At one time Caversham had two cinemas, The Regal and Glendale. A new cinema has been proposed which would restore this tradition.
Caversham now has a population of c.10,000 with a catchment of 175,000. Total annual retail spend is £4.4m.
The redeveloped centre will include a 254 space car park.
Anchored by Waitrose, St Martin’s Centre will also incorporate a gym and two restaurants.
Enjoy images of Caversham through the ages and see how the new development is progressing.