Historic buildings to be renovated for £4 million – plans to bring Sutton High Street back to life


Part of Sutton High Street is set to undergo a major £4.4 million redevelopment, “part of exciting plans to bring the town's high street back to life.”

Two historic buildings previously occupied by Topshop and Vision Express are being revitalised by Willmott Dixon Interiors, a specialist interior design and renovation company.

This location is at 137-145 High Street.

The work on the buildings is an important part of plans to revitalise the area as part of a wider project led by Sutton Council.

The contractor will undertake this renovation on behalf of the district and hopes to preserve the historic features of the four-story buildings.

The venue will feature 1,858 sqm of modern retail and commercial space, with large open plan areas on the upper floors.

Individual commercial units will be built on the ground floor and basement.

As part of the development, new mechanical and electrical services will be installed.

Willmott Dixon Interiors secured this extensive project through Procurement Hub, with a significant amount of funding coming from the Government's Future High Streets Fund.

From this fund, the council received £11.35 million to modernise the city centre.

Willmott Dixon Interiors works with the South London Careers Hub and the Construction Industry Training Board.

Their aim is to raise awareness of career opportunities in the construction sector and to introduce initiatives specifically for students, women and recent graduates.

Simon Wilson, director at Willmott Dixon Interiors, said: “We are excited to support Sutton Council’s efforts to breathe new life into the high street.

“Our team has extensive experience in transforming disused buildings for the benefit of local people and the economy.

“This important redevelopment will not only create commercial space fit for the 21st century, but has the potential to attract new tenants who will also support a wider regeneration of the city centre.”

Carolyn Dwyer, strategic director for development, growth and regeneration for the London Borough of Sutton, said: “We are delighted with the progress made in regenerating this popular site.

“By preserving the historic features of the buildings and creating space for new businesses, we are securing a bright future for our town centre and opening up exciting new opportunities for all residents of our district.”

Courtney Cole, Customer Relationship Manager at Procurement Hub, said: “The London Borough of Sutton has demonstrated its commendable efforts to revitalise its local high street by refurbishing the former TopShop and Vision Express stores. This underlines its commitment to increasing the vibrancy of the community and creating a dynamic high street that attracts more customers.”

“The collaboration between Procurement Hub and Willmott Dixon Interiors has been instrumental in creating a harmonious dynamic from a procurement perspective that will enable the project to be delivered smoothly.”