Handy Cross Hub redevelopment
The £150million Handy Cross Hub development is based on an exercise well, eat well, work well mix. In addition to a new state of the art leisure centre and a full size Waitrose, the development includes a new purpose-built a coachway park and ride, with the potential to provide fast coach services to both Heathrow and London (and national connections too).
There will also be a 150 bed, 3 star hotel and a day nursery. The office development will be large floorplate buildings totalling 33,105 square metres, in two phases. The aim is for the first phase of 11,000 square metres to be available in late 2016/early 2017.
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New Wycombe Leisure Centre
Wycombe Leisure Centre is now open. Facilities include:
- an eight lane 50 metre pool with moveable floor and sub-aqua dive pit
- 20 metre by 8 metre learner pool with moving floor 1.2 metre deep
- splash zone for young children
- 10 metre climbing wall
- 150 station gym
- dance studios
- 12 court sports hall
- bowls (four rink)
- steam room and sauna
- two squash courts
- two party or meeting rooms
More information about Wycombe Leisure Centre (external website)
The new Waitrose will have 2,300 square metres of trading space and will sell a full range of Waitrose and branded products. The ground-floor of the store will be retail, including the latest concepts for winery, bakery and counters for fresh meat, fish and delicatessen. This store will help to create around 160 new jobs. The new Waitrose will open in spring 2016.
New transport connections - coachway park and ride
The Handy Cross Hub will provide a new, permanent park and ride terminal. This terminal will also provide a regional coachway, with improved transport links nationally, regionally and to High Wycombe town centre. The terminal will have quality parking spaces, a purpose-built concourse with a coffee shop and extended hours service which will assist rail commuters.
The interim park and ride service from Cressex Island will relocate to the new High Wycombe coachway opposite John Hampden Grammar School. The new High Wycombe coachway forms part of the Handy Cross Hub redevelopment and was a condition of the planning consent for the overall scheme. As such, the coachway forms part of the Council's investment in the Handy Cross Hub project, which is largely financed by the development value created by the scheme and the development of Cressex Island.
The "new" park and ride service from the coachway, starting in February 2016, will be operated by the county council (as it currently is) and will be funded by section 106 "developer contributions" from the Handy Cross Hub development. We understand that the county council are planning for the new park and ride route to run via Marlow Hill, Queen Victoria Road, the railway station, Castle Street, Eden bus station, Suffield Road (hospital) and then back up Marlow Hill to the coachway. We further understand that the county council will announce, at a later date, an additional bus service which will run from the Next development via Cressex Business Park to the Eden shopping centre, which will be funded by Section 106 "developer contributions" from the Next development.
New jobs - offices and a hotel
The Handy Cross Hub offers a unique opportunity to increase the economic opportunities in Wycombe and provide new jobs for local residents. We are proposing to release parts of the site for an office development which will attract major office occupiers and bring up to 1,300 new jobs to the Wycombe district. The masterplan for the site also includes a 150-bed hotel.