A destination of choice: Riverside Bedford
In a joint venture between Coplan Estates (www.coplanestates) and Linkcity, and in
partnership with Bedford Borough Council, Bedford Riverside Regeneration has completed Bedford Riverside North, a £40m mixed-use town centre scheme that has repositioned Bedford as an exciting retail and leisure destination.
Located on the picturesque River Great Ouse and Victoria Park, the site was originally a cattle market, later it became a brewery and then in the 1960’s, a council owned car park and office buildings.
The final development comprises:
12 retail / restaurants units
7 screen Vue cinema
100 bed Premier Inn hotel
66 residential riverside apartments (tenures ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms)
New town square and footbridge over the river
The residential element of the development targeted both first time buyers and people looking to down-size. The speed of sales was unprecedented in Bedford which is a reflection of the location and its excellent rail links to London as well as the quality of the scheme.
An important objective for Bedford Riverside North was to capitalise on the river and embracing it as part of the town. The plethora of restaurants has ensured that the footfall has increased substantially and is a vibrant, safe and pleasant place to visit.