Karl Lagerfeld to Open European Flagship Store on Regent Street
Karl Lagerfeld has opened its first flagship in the UK, located at 145-147 Regent Street. This new store is the latest addition to an international rollout of Karl Lagerfeld stores that has already opened in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Antwerp, Shanghai and Beijing.
Home to the finest collection of international brands in the world, located in the heart of one of Europe’s most prestigious shopping areas, Regent Street is a destination for 70 million visitors a year from all over the world. The new Karl Lagerfeld Regent Street concept store combines the brand’s aspirational and accessible luxury collections and iconic design aesthetic with cutting-edge digital technology.
The technical development, production and logistics of the store was completed by Vizona and the 250sq m store is the biggest European Karl Lagerfeld store to date, showcasing the World of Karl Lagerfeld: men’s, women’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections, including handbags, leather goods, watches, eyewear, scarves and footwear.
Westfield Stratford to Expand
Westfield Stratford City is set to expand its retail and leisure offer with the announcement of a new 17,747sq ft TK Maxx store and state-of-the-art 19,375sq ft Gymbox.
TK Maxx and Gymbox are exciting new additions to the outdoor pedestrian shopping area which features a strong retail and dining mix including great fashion brands such as Hugo Boss, Armani Jeans, and the first UK David’s Bridal, along with restaurants such as Jamie’s Italian and the new Café Football.
Bill Giouroukos, Director of Operations at Westfield said: “The addition of TK Maxx and Gymbox will enhance the already great mix of established and new brands available to shoppers. Westfield Stratford City continues to deliver strong retail sales, high footfall which is set to increase with the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and UK retail firsts.”
Cheval Three Quays Opens Doors
Serviced apartments are becoming a credible alternative to the world’s finest hotels, attested by the arrival of a striking new collection of 97 serviced and 62 extended stay luxurious apartments at Cheval Three Quays which opened recently.
Located right next to the Tower of London alongside the River Thames, Cheval Three Quays is the latest desirable address from luxury apartment specialists Cheval Residences which already offer seven excellent residences in some of London’s most sought after locations. The new property will also feature a stylish riverside restaurant offering on the ground floor.
Each stylish apartment has been designed with care to make guests feel instantly at home, down to little details, all carefully considered to create the ultimate luxury experience.
First Brands Announced at Crossrail Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf Group has announced the very first retail brands to open at the new Crossrail retail and leisure destination, due to open its doors in May 2015.
Opening three years in advance of the actual station, the forthcoming retail and leisure destination will play home to some of the UK’s popular brands including Everyman Cinema, the first in East London, Sports Bar & Grill and the Mexican burrito restaurant, Poncho 8. The mix of these lifestyle and retail brands will be placed within the six-storey development, designed by Foster + Partners, which covers the station with a semi open-air timber lattice view.
Camille Waxer, Chief Administrative Officer for Canary Wharf Group said: “Everyman Cinema, Sports Bar & Grill and Poncho 8 are key brands we’ve been targeting, as they will add enjoyment and diversity to the growing portfolio of retail and leisure outlets.”
Greater Birmingham Unveils HS2 Redevelopment Plan
At MIPIM 2014, Greater Birmingham unveiled the Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan to global investors and developers. The ambitious plan will see 141ha of the city centre transformed as part of what is one of the biggest urban regeneration schemes in Britain.
The new developments will be focused around the brand new city centre station - Birmingham Curzon - where HS2 terminates on its 49-minute journey from London. The station will place the city at the heart of the new national high speed network. Plans include the creation of over 14,000 jobs, 600,00sq m of new employment floorspace and 2,000 new homes. The regeneration will boost the city’s economy by £31.3bn each year. The Curzon HS2 Masterplan is the latest in a series of major projects that are remaking Birmingham’s city centre. The £600M transformation of New Street Station will be completed next year and ambitious plans for Paradise Circus at the heart of the city will be realised in 2015.
Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham Council said: “At MIPIM we set out our vision for how Birmingham can use HS2 as a catalyst to transform a huge part of our city, bringing with it jobs and prosperity for people in the West Midlands. We’re not waiting around for HS2 to get built before we get started. Up and down the length of HS2 there is huge potential for major regeneration and development and we must press forward with this project without delay.”
Birmingham Curzon station will be Birmingham’s HS2 hub, linking phase one of the project, from London to Birmingham, and Phase 2 from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester. HS2 will boost the Midlands economy by £4.1bn each year by providing extra capacity, better connections to London and the north and creating more than 51,000 jobs.