Seventy years since it was granted New Town status, the centre of Hemel Hempstead is rapidly evolving, stimulated by the £30 million Hemel Evolution programme by Dacorum Borough Council.
Businesses in Hemel Hempstead town centre voted in favour of establishing a Business Improvement District (BID). Almost £1million of levy investment will be put back into Hemel Hempstead over the next five years, complementing the regeneration work that has been delivered by Dacorum Borough Council.
This will be enhanced further by the investment of Capital & Regional, owners of the Marlowes Shopping Centre, who have an ambitious £13 million scheme in place to redevelop the centre including a nine-screen cinema, a wide range of new restaurants and shops, and a renovated interior.
Hundreds of people turned out to see the penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race when it rolled into Hemel Hempstead in September 2017. The race was the perfect showcase for the restored Jellicoe Water Gardens, in the heart of the town. The project was funded by a £2.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, which was supplemented by Dacorum Borough Council with an investment of more than £1 million.
Outside of the town centre, three major brands have agreed to move into the new Maylands Gateway retail park set to be built in Hemel Hempstead. Costa Coffee, McDonald’s and Aldi have become the first of 12 new occupiers at the park. Aviva Investors and Trilogy Developments are developing the site which will comprise 134,581 sq ft of retail space and 6,997 sq ft of leisure space within 12 new units.
“The new Maylands Gateway Retail scheme will deliver high quality out-of-town retail space to serve the Maylands area, and the rapidly expanding new residential area to the west of Hemel Hempstead and towards St Albans.
We are already in talks with further food, fashion, sports and homeware retail operators about securing space in the second phase.”