John Lewis Portsmouth in the pipeline?

Photo:A plan of the Northern Quarter redevelopment scheme, as produced in 2005. Since then, the plan has been put on hold

A plan of the Northern Quarter redevelopment scheme, as produced in 2005. Since then, the plan has been put on hold

Photo:An artist's impression of the Gunwharf Quay's development, complete with Spinnaker Tower. A brand new John Lewis Portsmouth was to play a vital part in the development plans, until the whole idea was scrapped in late 2005

An artist's impression of the Gunwharf Quay's development, complete with Spinnaker Tower. A brand new John Lewis Portsmouth was to play a vital part in the development plans, until the whole idea was scrapped in late 2005

By Jonathan Blatchford

Threats

Despite consistant development and progression, Knight and Lee has remained a small one, especially for a store belonging to the Partnership. In fact, when Caleys of Windsor closed on 2006, Knight and Lee officially became the smallest shop in the Partnership. A redevelopment of some sort was certainly desirable, or the shop could risk future closure.

New development possibilities

In November 2004, the Gazette announced to Partners the Partnership’s intentions to open a new, state of the arts John Lewis Portsmouth anchor store within Portsmouth city centre’s Northern Quarter redevelopment scheme. This scheme went along with the £250 million Gunwharf Quay’s waterside development, and the building of the 170 metre high Spinnaker Tower, to offer a three-pronged rejuvenation project for Portsmouth. With proposed opening date of 2009, it was clear that John Lewis Portsmouth would have a monumental part to play in the shaping of the city’s future.

On hold

Despite being approved by Portsmouth City Council’s development control committee in late November 2005, the £300 million Northern Quarter scheme was put on hold indefinitely soon after the decision. Knight and Lee has since soldiered on, and has come through the threat of closure on more than one occasion.

This page was added by Jonathan Blatchford on 20/08/2014.
Comments about this page

I can't seem to find any information beyond this article. Are you able to say what the situation re John Lewis and the Portsmouth northern quarter development currently?

By Margot Exley
On 05/02/2018

Hello Margot, In 2014 John Lewis pledged to keep Knight and Lee in Southsea, please see the below link for further details. https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/business/john-lewis-pledges-its-knight-and-lee-store-in-southsea-will-stay-1-6024257

By Hannah Raeburn
On 05/02/2018

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