Work has started on a new Hendy car showroom development on the former civic offices site on Leigh Road, Eastleigh that will see three new car franchises come to the borough.
The new Hendy Group car showroom will be home to Nissan, Renault and Dacia and is part of the second phase of the re-development of the old civic offices site and includes the construction of a car dealership comprising two showroom buildings and a car display courtyard on the site frontage. It also includes proposals for a workshop, rear service yard, two deck car parking, landscaping and access. Access to the site will be from Villeneuve St Georges Way.
Deputy Council Leader Cllr Ian Corben said, “Hendy is a long-standing local business and this exciting development brings more business investment into our borough. The new Hendy car showroom will provide additional jobs and opportunities for local people. It also brings a vacant brownfield site into viable use, provides economic benefits to the local area and supports an existing business.”
He added, “The Council retains ownership of the site and the business premises will add to the Council’s property portfolio that provides a significant rental income to the Council.”
Hendy Group chief executive Paul Hendy said the partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council will create an environmentally friendly development employing around 45 people.
He added, “This development reinforces our commitment to the area and will provide us with the space needed to look after our customers now and in the future,” he said. “This investment is part of our ongoing expansion plans, and we see Eastleigh as a key location for our long-term future.”
Knights Brown’s Divisional Director Mike Crook said, “As a Hampshire-based business our local people, knowledge and experience will complement that of Hendy and the council as we work collaboratively to deliver this significant development. It’s great to be getting work underway.”
The new showrooms are planned to be completed by Autumn 2023.