Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
The new £40m Technology and Logistics Centre opened in Bognor Regis in late 2015. The 30,000sqm units are an extension of Rolls-Royce Motor Car's highly successful premises at nearby Goodwood. The 25 acre site on Oldlands Farm Business Park is part of Enterprise Bognor Regis and employs over 200 people in stores/logistics and the final finishing of the cars before they are delivered. In 2016 the company recorded its second highest sales in the company’s 113 year history, up 6% on the previous year. A new 10,000sqm extension has been built, making the Centre the same overall footprint as the company HQ at Goodwood.
University of Chichester
Engineering and Digital Technology Park
The University of Chichester is progressing with ambitious plans to develop their Bognor Regis campus, and has already invested £13m here in a new Learning Resource Centre (library) which is a cutting edge green building, and the stylish refurbishment of the Business School housed in the Grade II listed Dome building. The University’s new #36m Engineering and Digital Technology Park was opened in 2018 by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Bognor Regis Northern Relief Road
The final section of the Bognor Regis Northern Relief Road opened in March 2016 after five years of construction. The new £28m relief road was funded by Berkeley Homes, Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, and supports the delivery of 1,350 new homes. The strategic 4.8km route links the A259 at Bersted to the A29 at Shripney, then on to the A259 at Felpham via a 500m long viaduct (the longest viaduct in West Sussex), and carries over 20,000 vehicles a day, cutting the through-traffic congestion in Bognor Regis.
Butlin's Bognor Regis Resort
Butlin’s Bognor Regis is owned by Bourne Leisure who have made significant investments on this site, upgrading the offer to be hotel-based rather than chalets. Around £76m has already been invested in the resort with the latest new hotel, the £25m Wave Hotel and apartments opening in 2012, the £20m Ocean Hotel in 2009 and the £20m Shoreline Hotel, together with other significant resort investments such as new fairgrounds, high quality catering outlets and landscaping. The resort has 270,000 visitors a year, and is nationally recognised as a customer service centre of excellence and regularly hosts national brands, such as John Lewis, Sony and BP at its award-winning conference centre.
Bognor Regis Town Centre
Bognor Regis town centre is on the up. The public realm has been transformed over recent years with £2.8m of partnership funding delivering pedestrian-focused improvements such as new paving, seating, planting and lighting. This has been a catalyst for private investment of over £3m in enhancements to business premises in the town, with over 50% of premises being improved. The vacancy rate has dropped from 14% in 2012 to under 7% in 2018, with the highest ever footfall figures of an average of 98,000 weekly visitors recorded in 2017, and business confidence is demonstrated by the new Business Improvement District (BID) operating from April 2018 for five years. Arun District Council has recently purchased The Arcade shopping centre, and have new high quality tenants occupying these prime retail units.
New housing developments currently on site at Bersted and Felpham will ultimately provide 1,350 new homes in parkland settings with ancillary facilities such as high quality public open space, community facilities and health/education. These sites represent an investment of more than £200m, and David Wilson Homes and Barratt Homes are providing new homes at affordable prices on land released for development through the completion of the Relief Road. There are also award-winning seafront homes with outstanding sea views at Compass Point and Esplanade Grande amongst others, and apartments and houses both in the town and in surrounding villages.
The new £46m Regis School and its campus include the secondary school, a new primary school bringing together infants and juniors schools, and the Phoenix Youth facility. It forms an essential part of the Bognor Regis community with 400 employees and 6,000 people using the facilities every week. Facilities are exemplar both internally and externally, and specialist facilities essential to the progress of the school’s sports specialism have been developed. The Regis School reflects the vision of an inspiring learning environment with a library at its heart and a design shaped by its stakeholders. It sends out a powerful message about the regeneration of Bognor Regis and its aspirations for the young people.