The Union Yard regeneration scheme will transform the heart of Aldershot town centre
Union Yard development progress
The external brickwork is now well on the way to being completed. In the upper residential floors, our contractors are busy installing fixtures and fittings including kitchen units, heating and internal doors.
Once completed in July, Union Yard will have:
- 128 student units, students' study and breakout space (Block S)
- 82 one and two-bedroom apartments (Blocks C and D)
- 18 affordable homes (Block E)
- 12 flexible commercial and retail units on the ground floor of Blocks C, D and E
- Makers’ yard offering smaller creative workshop spaces for small and independent businesses
- New public square linking the High Street and Union Street
Across the whole development, there will also be 10 wheelchair-accessible apartments and 8 wheelchair accessible studios in the student accommodation.
Eighty-two of the apartments are going to be marketed by a local estate agent for private rent from Rushmoor Homes and 18 will be affordable homes, initially made available to people over the age of 55.
Progress update video February 2024
Union Yard website
We've launched a Union Yard website to market the space to potential businesses and residents.
Map showing the different blocks of Union Yard
Time lapse cameras
See Union Yard taking shape over the past few months from our time lapse cameras.
About Union Yard
Union Yard is a council regeneration scheme that will see the comprehensive redevelopment of a key area of Aldershot town centre and will create a new, revitalised and vibrant space.
It will provide flexible retail, new homes and public space in the heart of the town centre, as well as accommodation for students. Among the features will be a makers' yard, with new public square and creative space for small and independent businesses.
We will keep ownership of the student accommodation and commercial units.
Our Development Management Committee gave planning permission in June 2020 to the Rushmoor Development Partnership for the demolition of the existing buildings and the construction of 100 new homes, 128 student units and flexible retail/commercial/business/community space, together with improved public space and car and cycle parking.
In July 2021, our Cabinet formally agreed to proceed with the redevelopment and recommended that the budget be put in place to allow the scheme to press ahead. A full meeting of the council approved the Cabinet's recommendations.
Demolition of the site started in February 2021 and was completed in November 2021.
External funding for regeneration
We were successful in securing £5 million of government grant funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) and £1.2m from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership to help with development costs.