Renovation of Knights building continues



Work to convert the former Knights building into two shops and six flats continues to move forward.

In April Reigate & Banstead Borough Council gave further planning permission for details of the scheme, under which the Grade II listed building will be renovated, with heritage features preserved.

Scaffolding went up at the Bell Street site on Saturday 13 May, to enable developer and owner St Dominics Properties to progress the project.

Since then the amount of work required has been evident to passers-by: the northern sidewall of the building has been removed, meaning the interior of the department store can be seen through the fencing.

Director at St Dominics, Adam Coffer, said earlier this month that work is on schedule, and that he expects the building to be ready by early next year.  He added that discussions with prospective retail tenants are progressing well.

St Dominics purchased the site in January 2016, when Knights of Reigate closed its doors for the last time, having been in the town for over 130 years.

The Knights name does continue elsewhere in Reigate, as ex-employees have established Knights Haberdashery, now in Lesbourne Road.


View into the store through what was the sidewall


Artist’s impression of the finished project


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