Bourne Place is a mixed-use development in Sittingbourne Town Centre that includes medium-sized commercial units, supported by a multiplex cinema, an arcade and bowling alley, improved public realm, better connectivity to the train station and high street, a hotel, and a multi-storey car park.
This project was a joint venture between U+I, Swale Borough Council, Quinn Estates and Essential Land, commencing in 2012 and was completed in 2021. It has regenerated the town centre, improved access to the train station, reconfigured parking provision and created a high-quality public realm.
In 2021 U+I asked RealWorth to revisit their previous social value analysis as the scheme was nearing completion.
To conduct this assessment RealWorth reviewed all the available data, including documentation provided by U+I, data from previous public consultations, car park usage data provided by Swale Borough Council, and interviews with the Development Director, representatives of Swale Borough Council Planning and Regeneration team.
Information collected from a wide range of secondary sources was used to analyse the social value of the development. The study showed the development to have created significant value for the people of Sittingbourne.