NEWS – UK

MISSGUIDED OPENS ITS FIRST STORE OUTSIDE OF LONDON AT BLUEWATER

Land Securities has announced that Missguided, the global fashion brand, has opened its first store outside of London last month at Bluewater, Europe’s leading retail and leisure destination. Situated on Bluewater’s lower Rose Gallery, the 16,200sq ft statement store has been designed by Dalziel & Pow. Using the retail space as an extension of Missguided’s online expression, stand-out permanent fixtures and seasonal installations bring trends and campaighns to life. Social media also plays an integral part of the experience, blurring the lines between physical and digital whilst crediting a two-way conversation with the target customer, aged 16-35. A strong product offering remains at the core of Missguided’s Bluewater store, with hundreds of new lines being added each week. A specially designed shoe area, located towards the rear, acts as an in-store boutique where customers can browse the extensive offering. More specific ranges, such as the premium Peace + Love collection, are also available.


THE POTTING SHED TO OPEN IN LEEDS

Trinity Leeds, Land Securities’ award-winning retail destination, has secured planning permission to introduce a new roof-top dining and bar experience that will expand the shopping centre’s renowned all-day leisure offer. Unique to Trinity Leeds, the space will consist of three distinct, but linked F&B destinations – The Potting Shed, Orchard and Secret Garden. Under the overarching brand The Potting Shed, the three bars and restaurants will have individual and retro designs with a theatre kitchen at their heart. The budding bar and restaurant brand will occupy the new 15,000sq ft space for 600 customers with an additional 2,500sq ft open-air, rooftop terrace to serve a further 100 guests on the corner of Commercial Street and Albion Street, overlooking Leeds city centre. The new development will constitute Trinity Leeds’ fourth roof-top F&B offering. This will be The Potting Shed’s first restaurant in Leeds, bolstering the shopping centre’s reputation as a brand incubator and complimenting its impressive mix of unique tenants.


GREEN LIGHT FOR ROYAL ELM PARK

Royal Elm Park, the £500M landmark development adjacent to Reading Football Club’s Madejski Stadium, has been approved by Reading Borough Conucil, subject to conditions. The development will deliver a world-class convention centre, hundreds of new homes, significant new public space, an exciting mix of high-quality retail, leisure and hotel space, all of which will be supported by a substantial investment in public transport for both match and non-match day visitors. The centrepiece of the 15.5ha scheme will be a new landmark 28,000sq m convention centre, intended to provide a powerful attraction for future inward investment. Known as The International, the centre will play host to a wide range of events, concerts, conferences, leisure pursuits and community uses, and will become the largest dedicated conference venue in the south of England. With a capacity of 6,000, The International will enable Reading to compete on a world stage, enabling it to host larger events than ever before.


WORK COMPLETED ON NOVOTEL LONDON CANARY WHARF

The newly launched Novotel in London’s harbour district Canary Wharf had a particular challenge in store for Dula, a leading shopfitting company. For the first time, Dula, who is actually known and valued by clients for its precise and most delicated surfaces, had to deviate from this working method. With this Novotel in England, Accor has built a “flagship” for itself – at a height of 127m the hotel is among the highest buildings in the district. The hotel has 313 rooms, of which 26 are individually designed suites that have also been fitted by Dula. The restaurant “Bokan 37”, the bar “Bokan 38” and the roof-top terrace “Bokan 39” amaze with a breath-taking view over London with highlights such as The Shard, the Olympic Park and Greenwich Park.


HAMMERSON UNVEILS PLANS FOR BRENT CROSS PROJECT

Hammerson, along with Standard Life Investments have submitted a detailed planning application to Barnet Council for the 1.4bn pound redevelopment of Brent Cross Shopping Centre in London. The new plans include the refurbishment and extension of the shopping centre which will see more than 200 new retail stores, 60 restaurants, a cinema, hotel accommodation, a new town square, an enlarged bus station as well as improved public spaces. The redevelopment sees Brent Cross doubling its retail space to close to two million square feet. “Our plans for Brent Cross London are progressive and ambitious. We are in discussions with a breadth of retail and leisure brands who are equally excited at becoming part of north London’s premier shopping centre,” commented James Stevens, Head of UK Development, Standard Life Investments. The proposed redevelopment, designed by architects Callison RTKL and Champan Taylor, is set to see Brent Cross Shopping Centre feature a new Marks & Spencer anchor store in addition to John Lewis and Fenwick. All three department stores are said to have been part of the original Brent Cross, which has been credited with revolutionizing retail when it first opened its door in 1976. Peter Cole, Chief Investment Officer for Hammerson said: “This marks another significant milestone in the transformation of Brent Cross. We will create a world-class retail destination that will be the catalyst for a new and vibrant quarter. Brent Cross has been an iconic part of retail for more than 40 years and our plans seek to ensure that it continues to define the next generation of retail in London.”