Over the last few months, Sports Direct’s development team has been preparing draft plans to show what a retail led mixed use scheme at Market Place could look like. The current draft plans shown on this website have evolved following an in-depth design process.

Through engagement with the community, we understand that local people will provide constructive feedback that we can use to develop the plans further before a planning application is submitted to Kingston Council. Whatever you think or would like us to know about the plans, we want hear it.

However, this is only the start of the design process. Through engagement with the community, we hope that local people will provide constructive feedback that we can use to develop the plans further before a planning application is submitted to Kingston Council. Whatever you think or would like us to know about the plans, we want hear it.

What is proposed?

  • 3,425 m² of new high-quality retail space across two floors. This will be the new home of Sports Direct in Kingston, which is relocating to Market Place and creating a newly refurbished, bigger and better concept store for Kingston’s shoppers;
  • Public realm improvements on Market Place and Kings Passage, including new lighting, paving and landscaping around the site to enhance its setting and improve connectivity between the Thames and Market Place; 
  • An above-ground three storey extension to the existing building, taking the main built form of the building to four storeys, with three small pods extending to a fifth storey;
  • A sensitively designed above-ground extension that is set-back from the eaves to reduce its visual impact. Through a carefully selected combination of external finishes, the proposed extension will be discreet and in-keeping with the local area.
  • A development that will combine retail and residential uses, with the first two floors dedicated to retail and the remaining floors proposed as residential;
  • A total of 33 new homes, specifically 10 one-bedroom, 17 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom apartments;
  • Outside space for residents, with a large communal terrace provided at the rear of the building facing the Thames, and the majority of apartments also offered private terraces;
  • A car-free development, with improved pedestrian access via Market Place and Kings Passage, and dedicated cycle storage for all residents.

Do you have suggestions about how the plans could be improved? We want to work with local people to develop our plans, so tell us what you like, what you don’t like and any other suggestions by clicking here.

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