Last week hundreds of people visited a public exhibition, organised by Redwood, about the future of the Maltings and Central Car Park in Salisbury. The exhibition, which took place on Sunday 9 and Tuesday 11 December, was held by Stanhope in conjunction with Wiltshire Council.

Stanhope was selected by Wiltshire Council in May 2012 as the preferred developer for the scheme following a competitive tender process and this week reinforced its commitment to providing Salisbury with a step change in its retail and leisure offer which will drive growth and benefit the city as a whole. The exhibition, which was widely publicised and held in the Guildhall, showcased Stanhope’s initial thoughts on the redevelopment of the Maltings and Central Car Park which include new high quality shops, restaurants and leisure opportunities, new and improved public spaces and well lit and generously spaced car parking. This improved appeal for Salisbury will increase visitor dwell times, reduce the significant spend currently being lost to competing local towns and cities and greatly enhance Salisbury’s position as a sub-regional shopping and cultural centre.

Stanhope has appointed a world class team to work alongside them on the project including architects Allies and Morrison and Leslie Jones who were also present at the exhibition to answer questions. Stanhope and the architects understand the need for a sensitive approach to the city’s unique heritage and Salisbury’s historic medieval character will be protected through carefully thought out development and design. Connectivity is also extremely important and the proposals will ensure the development is a natural extension of the city centre and the rivers will be at the heart of the scheme.