Flagship Centre Bangor

 

PLANNING APPLICATION UPDATE - October 2022

 

FLAGSHIP PLAN APPROVED
The council has approved the plans to convert the High Street part of the mall into a new eatery containing a range of small cafe/restaurant units with central dining space.
This is just the first phase of the development plan with a new indoor market due to open in 2023.
 

PLANNING APPLICATION UPDATE - September 2022

HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT DIVISION AGREE TO REVISED FLAGSHIP PLAN

 

Thankfully the HED has given the thumbs up to the revised plan for the Flagships High Street facade.

 

The first drawings were rejected on the grounds that:-

the large artworks proposed to ground floor windows in particular may have an adverse impact on the vista towards McKee Clock on High Street, which is a designed view and forms an important part of its wider setting. HED consider these oversized artworks shall likely form a competing focus on this vista, detracting from the McKee Clock if placed on the outside of the existing mirrored window finishes, rather than being behind a window.”

 

However, the new subtlety revised plan with the art murals placed behind the glass was accepted.

The HED went on to say:-

“Following receipt of revised information, we are content that artwork is to be positioned to the interior face of the windows i.e. behind the windows as this shall be less dominant than if it were to be positioned on the exterior. Additionally, we note a more neutral colour is now proposed for the high-level truss in lieu of the painted red colour and consider this shall be more sympathetic in the setting of the listed buildings (i.e. McKee Clock & Court House) and would exert no greater demonstrable harm than the existing arrangement.”

 

Hopefully the Council will complete the planning process without further delay.

 

PLANNING APPLICATION UPDATE - July 2022

 

HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT DIVISION (Historic Buildings) - Initial response to planning application:-

 

...we consider the large artworks proposed to ground floor windows in particular may have an adverse impact on the vista towards McKee Clock on High Street, which is a designed view and forms an important part of its wider setting. HED consider these over-sized artworks shall likely form a competing focus on this vista, detracting from the McKee Clock if placed on the outside of the existing mirrored window finishes, rather than being behind a window.”

 

HED “...has considered the impacts of the proposal on the listed asset (i.e.McKee Clock) and on the basis of the information provided, advise: We consider the proposal, as presented, may have an adverse impact on the listed building.”

 

BangorByTheSea comment:

 

We retain and value historic buildings so that our lives may be enriched and to give us an overall sense of well-being and comfort. But it would appear that these “monuments” are being used to contain us, to dampen the joy and excitement of the new.

The Historic Environment Division appear to be a power unto themselves. Their judgements are often questionable, yet powerful, and will generally result in architects and developers spending considerable time and funds to diverge from their concept just to satisfy the back-room planners who probably have little knowledge of the current context and vibe of the area in question.

Often plans will have to be re-worked and re-submitted to the planning office even before our elected representatives have had an opportunity to discuss and reach an opinion on the issue in contention. And let's be clear, these are issues of aesthetics and in this case I would say that their ideological arguments against the Flagship plan do not stack up.

 

Note the vibrant billboard poster on the gable wall of Wolseys. 

 

Note the vibrant 3-storey high mural - efectively a back-drop to McKee Clock

 

Note the large red illuminate sign (flashing stars)

 

Read the full HED Response Document:- (click below)

HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT DIVISION - Initial Response to Planning Application
HED outline several objections to this planning application, all of which defy logic
HED Response.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [666.6 KB]

Flagship Developer's News Release - 24th June 2022

 

Great Opportunity for young Businesses & Start-ups
 
Flagship developer says:-
“We are delighted to announce the next stage of plans for the Flagship Bangor...the INDOOR MARKET”
“Our brand new indoor market will host 33 stalls and be located right beside the food market. We will be offering short term lease options which will be extremely affordable and very low risk for small businesses. “
“The all-inclusive monthly fee will cover:
✅ Rent
✅ Rates
✅ Service charge
✅ Building insurance
✅ Electricity*
*with a capped amount agreed upon signing

 

"Our aim for the indoor market is that it will be packed full of creative home-grown small or micro businesses. We're not looking for hot food outlets (that's what the food market will be for) - think arts, crafts, home-baked goods etc. We're sure lots of businesses were created during lockdown and have continued to grow over the last 2 years, this is the perfect space for you!”
“Each self-contained unit will have its own lockable door and shutters, giving you flexibility. The market will provide an amazing city-centre location with a low cost monthly fee and the added benefit of the traders around you.
We are planning to launch the indoor market around the same time as the food market (subject to planning)”
 
If you're interested in more info, please contact the owner on their Facebook page:- Flagship Bangor
 

May 2022 - Planning Application

 

FLAGSHIP BANGOR – PHASE 1 (£500,000 investment)
 
The proposal is for transforming Unit 1 (the former Argos Store) into a large eatery containing 8 different pop-up kitchens and a shared communal seating area (including a mezzanine level) with capacity for 280 customers. (See image 5)
Additionally there will be a servery (image 4) for selling drinks (separate alcohol application).
The internal layout of the unit will provide Male, female and disabled toilets on the ground floor.
A staircase and a lift will provide access to a mezzanine floor that wraps around the walls of the space, sitting above the kiosk area and overlooking the central seating area. A disabled toilet will also be provided on this level.
The Flagships High Street façade will be refreshed with new paintwork and with the addition of a new glazed front door giving access to the proposed food hall
 

Flagship Centre Press Release - 4th April 2022

The Flagship Bangor is BACK!
 
BROOKLAND PROPERTY/FLAGSHIP CENTRE PRESS RELEASE:-
 
“The iconic Bangor centre is making a comeback, and we can't wait to share the exciting plans with you all.
We know you'll have lots of questions and ideas on what the centre is going to bring to the town, and we promise as things develop and are approved we'll tell you - right here. You can count on this page to give the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. So please give it a like and share with your mates too.
We can't say too much right now, but it's coming....soon! What we CAN tell you is that the new and improved Flagship probably won't be what you expect, it'll be better. We're ready to bring it back to life and put Bangor back on the map! ?
Everyone has their own fond memories of the Flagship and we'd love to hear yours. Comment using the link below and tell us your favourite memory of the centre from back in the day and if you have any pics, send us those too and we'll share our faves.”

The Flagship Centre 

17th August 2021:

 

It has been revealed by Brookland Property that they are now in possession of the Flagship Centre with immediate effect.

 

The centrally located scheme presents a landmark regeneration opportunity for the team at Brookland Property, and the Bangor town community. The locally based developer has transformational intentions for the substantial asset, with plans due to be announced before the end of the year. 

 

The Owner/Diector of Brookland Property said...

 

Our first priority will be to get the carpark back into use as soon as possible and we will be making an innovative proposal to Ards and North Down Borough Council imminently.

 

With my personal connection to the town, I’m delighted that the professional team also comprises two more Bangorians namely Drew Nesbitt, Partner with Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors and Mark Riddell from property agents Riddell McKibbin.”

 

Mark Riddell, sales agent for administrator Alex Kachani, explained:

We are very pleased to complete the sale of flagship centre, Bangor to Brookland during what has been a challenging period for high streets and town centres across the country. Brookland have ambitious and achievable plans for the scheme which will enhance the wider town centre experience and which should reverse the recent increase in vacancy, building delinquency and anti-social issues in the town centre. The acquisition should be the regeneration kickstart that Bangor town centre needs and the fact that Brookland are based locally can only improve the prospects of delivering a successful repositioning of the town centre. We wish them every success in this exciting and necessary project.”

 

Geoff Thompson, President of Bangor Chamber of Commerce welcomed news of the new ownership: “This is a much-needed boost for Bangor’s town centre and will complement other major projects including the proposed development at Queen’s Parade and the regeneration of Bangor’s waterfront. Increased footfall and further incentives to visit the town are imperative to Bangor’s future success. We look forward to engaging with the new owners of the Flagship and wish them well with their latest venture.”

 

Contact Brookland Property on:- https://www.brooklandproperty.co.uk/

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