The Union Yard regeneration scheme will transform the heart of Aldershot town centre.
Union Yard development progress
Building work started in mid-November 2021, with a target completion date of summer 2024.
October 2022 update
The redevelopment is coming on at pace, with the construction of the reinforced concrete frame, known as the super structure, due to be completed by Christmas.
Our contractors have finished the concrete frame for Blocks C, D and E and works are now underway with the external façade and brickwork. They have started installing windows on the first level of Block E.
The main access into the development from Union Street is also taking shape. This will form a pedestrian route from opposite The Wellington shopping centre through to the High Street. At the heart of it will be Union Yard, a new public space, with commercial units around it.
Moving down Union Street, the buildings will provide more commercial and retail units, with homes above, including a private courtyard for residents. The structure at the corner with Wellington Street, a landmark building for the development, will welcome a new restaurant or café.
The student accommodation is also now starting to appear on the High Street side of the site.
You can follow the building progress from our time-lapse camera.
Video by Councillor David Clifford, leader of the council
Councillor David Clifford, leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, gives an the update on the progress of Union Yard as he takes us on a tour of the redevelopment site (August 2022).
Demolition of Union Street site
You can watch a time-lapse video of the demolition of the Union Street site. Please be aware this video contains flickering images.
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.