Basing View: Basingstoke’s business district
Basing View is a 1.25 million square foot business district located within spitting distance from Basingstoke rail station. Dubbed ‘The Dallas of Hampshire’ at the peak of its development in the 1970s, it is now to see some of its office stock demolished. Following the demolition of 3 obsolete office buildings, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council are planning major regeneration work to commence in 2012. The regeneration will be kick-started with a landscaping scheme which includes the improvement of access routes and signage.
Current access is made via an oval-shaped circular road which acts as a physical and mental barrier to the rest of the town. This cutout feel is experienced daily by office workers trapped in an island with a limited number of amenities to break up and ease their working day. A number of pedestrian subways link the business park to other parts of the town. Office workers can access the centre via the South-East underground passage but only to be greeted by a busy junction, the imposing Barclays tower and the Eastern entrance of the Festival Place shopping centre. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council are well aware of the need to improve pedestrian access to and from Basing View and better routes, as well as signage, are part of phase one of the regeneration work.
A more appealing pedestrian route out of Basing View is the footbridge which leads South to Eastrop Park, a pleasant green area through which flows the river Loddon.
Two sites in Basing View were identified for the Urban Fallow project: a 70, 00 sq feet office building, City Wall House and the former Gas Works Site. The ten-storey office building retro looks aren’t appealing enough and its obsolete specifications have left him largely vacant for over 10 years. It will be demolished this year.
The Gas Works was demolished in the 1960s. This section of Basing View has laid undeveloped despite previous attempts to find occupational interest. The site is located on a hill at the entrance of the park.
Basing View’s assets:
- Gateway location
- Eclectic architectural styles
- Landmark office building such as the AA building
- Established businesses
- A business incubator by the Greenham Common Trust
- Underground passages and rivers
- Close distance to two allotment gardens (North and South) and Eastrop park
- Vacant office buildings
- Planned regeneration scheme