Plans to “breathe life” back into the former Knights of Reigate site have been put forward by developer St Dominics Properties.
A mixed retail and residential scheme, involving renovation and restoration of the site, has been submitted to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. The details are expected to be available on the council’s website shortly, with the usual opportunity to comment.
St Dominics acquired the Bell Street property after the department store closed at the end of January, and says when drawing up its plans it has consulted with the council, conservation officers, local community groups and expert heritage advisors.
The proposal is for retail space on the ground floor, while the upper floors – which the developer says have fallen into disrepair – will be converted into apartments, along with disused ancillary space at the rear.
St Dominics director Adam Coffer said the company wanted to restore the building to its “vibrant original use” and added:
“We want to breathe life back into this once treasured building. It had been largely neglected in terms of repair and become inefficient as a store. We look forward to giving it the love and attention required to reinvigorate the building and area.”
The professional team for the project is said by St Dominics to have “vast experience” of similar projects and of working in the Reigate area. It includes lead architects Sawkings Norton, planning advisor RPS CgMS, and historical building/heritage expert Sarah Sullivan.
Mr Coffer added:
“We will continue to work closely with the council and all parties to ensure this exciting project is delivered to the great benefit of Reigate, its residents and visitors.”
Prior to its closure in January, Knights of Reigate had a presence in the town for over 130 years. The Bell Street building is Grade II listed.
Impression of the proposed frontage
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