Market Insight

Local Co-operative store regeneration underway thanks to collaborative expertise from Vail Williams

August 30, 2016

A deal brokered by commercial property specialist Vail Williams will see work on a Southern Co-operative local convenience store in Southampton’s West End get underway ahead of its launch early next year – following a range of professional expertise and guidance from all areas of the team.

Vail Williams secured a lease for the new 400m2 single-storey store. Developed by landlord Robert Sperring, the site was formely occupied by a Tesco and a fast food outlet
which have now been removed to make way for the new Southern Co-operative store – a high quality building to occupy a well-known area of this part of Southampton.

Vail Williams has used its regional expertise and local knowledge to secure the prominent location, and has applied an integrated approach to provide support in a range of areas and disciplines, including planning, property asset management and building consultancy, to help get this project off the ground.

David Castle, Building Consultancy Partner at Vail Williams’ said: “We’re delighted that we have been able to assist Robert in making the regeneration of this space a reality. It’s
important to us to be able to bring together our different experts across the business, to offer a strong service to our clients in all the fields they require. The Southern Co-op will be a great store for the local area and we’re looking forward to seeing the work begin.”

Robert Sperring, landlord and developer of the project says: “I’m very excited about the project and grateful that Vail Williams has been able to apply its in-depth local expertise to assist me in its development. This location in Southampton’s West End is perfect for the convenience store and will be a welcome addition to the community. It is an
ideal replacement for Tesco and we hope that residents enjoy the new facility when it launches next year.”

Vicky Newman, Acquisition Surveyor at the Southern Co-operative also commented: “We are very thrilled that a new Southern Co-operative store is coming to Southampton. As the largest independent retailer in the region we are proud to have another store get underway in the area and make a positive difference to the community. We look
forward to seeing its progress as the work begins to take place.”

Hampshire based Mildren Construction won the tender to build the new store, and Southampton architects Boyle and Summers designed the building.

Mildren Construction won the tender to build the new store, and Southampton architects Boyle and Summers designed the building. Mildren are Dorset based and operate throughout the South.

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