The £16.2m retail development, in North Harbour, has nine businesses lined up to move into the three units including Decathalon, Subway, Costa, Greggs, Pure Gym, Home Bargains, Jollyes pet superstore, Explore Learning and Quality Pet Care. The council hopes the site will bring in nearly £1m a year.
As part of the building project, being completed by Simons Group, students from the construction courses at Highbury College will be invited onto the site to learn.
Howard Griffith, project manager at Simons Group, said: ‘The construction for this site is going very well. It is going to bring jobs and prosperity into Portsmouth.’
Councillor Luke Stubbs added: ‘As part of the project we will be engaging with Highbury College and giving the students the opportunity of a site visit and get an understanding of how it works. It is great to see the site progressing as it has been empty for many years. It is going to bring jobs and prosperity into Portsmouth. The Southampton Road area is changing and there is a lot of new retail here.’
Students from all areas of the College will benefit from this exciting partnership. Amongst the wide range of courses offered at Highbury, students from groundworks, brickwork, wall & floor tiling, plumbing & gas, electrical, painting & decorating, carpentry & joinery, plastering, built environment and engineering will have the opportunity to be a part of this exciting redevelopment project.
The new retail park is set to open in February 2018.