Starting Autumn 2016 AUB Architecture will be working with Poole BID on a five-year research project to analyse and make innovative proposals for Poole High Street.

Members of the Steering Group for Poole BID will explain the origins and intentions of the BID. Bournemouth, Castlepoint and Southampton are clear competitors for Poole. This, and the fact that the future for retail as we know it, is by no means secure in the face of digital retail.

Local Authority cuts mean that the public purse can no longer fund marketing and promotion as in the past. Poole has strong assets and opportunities that are currently undersold. Its stunning waterfront along the Quay, boating heritage and proximity to Brownsea Island; the charm of the old town and its architecture, the potential of the Dolphin Shopping Centre and the wealth of small independent businesses in the High Street and along Poole Quay make Poole an interesting and attractive coastal town that should perform far better than it does.

In the coming year all students will have an opportunity to engage in this project.

Mohan Iyengar
Councillor, Canford Cliffs Ward, Borough of Poole (Cabinet Member: Economy, Culture & Leisure)
Gabi Naish
The Lookout Café, The Project Climbing Centre
David Segelman