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Old October 27th, 2012, 11:57 PM   #61
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Debenhams to anchor Southside Published: 25 October, 2012

http://www.shopping-centre.co.uk/new...Southside.html

Wandsworth to get first department store in £40m Southside extension

Metro Shopping Fund, the Land Securities and Delancey retail joint venture, has signed Debenhams to anchor the forthcoming £40m phase of redevelopment at its Southside Shopping Centre in the heart of Wandsworth.

The new department store will be a first for Wandsworth and will trade from 81,880 sq ft over ground, mezzanine and first floors with entrances on Garratt Lane and on to the North Mall inside the existing scheme.

Works are due to begin in early 2013 and will see the demolition of the existing Arndale Walk section of the centre, to create 100,000 sq ft of new retail space. Alongside the new Debenhams, five further retail units will be created along Garratt Lane and Metro is in advanced negotiations with a leisure operator for a 20,000-sq ft unit on the second floor. Debenhams is expected to be trading by Spring 2015.

The news comes as works continue on a £9m redevelopment further south on Garratt Lane. The run of new stores will open for business this coming Spring and will provide space for three new retailers and three restaurants, which are already pre-let to Rossopomodoro, CattleGrid and Wagamama. Metro is also completing an investment in the upper concourse of the existing scheme, reconfiguring the space to accommodate new lettings to Prezzo and Ed’s Easy Diner.

Helen McVie, retail asset manager at Delancey, said: “The catchment and location of Southside make it an obvious choice for targeted investment, and our asset management drive has already seen the scheme transformed from the tired former Arndale we purchased back in 2005 to a much sought after regional trading location. We see Debenhams’ commitment to Southside as a key step in developing it further.”

Lunson Mitchenall and CWM represent Southside Shopping Centre Debenhams represented themselves and KLM acted for Jones Bootmaker.
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Old November 3rd, 2012, 11:14 AM   #62
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Debenhams set to open in Wandsworth town centre




A new department store is set to open in Wandsworth town centre as part of a £1bn regeneration project.

The new Debenhams store will trade over three floors in the Southside Shopping Centre, Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, and is expected to open by 2015.

It comes as part of the £40m phase of redevelopment of the shopping centre, which will create new jobs in the area.

Redevelopment work to demolish the existing Arndale Walk section of the centre is starting next year, with 100,000 sq ft of additional retail space being created.


Council leader, councillor Ravi Govindia, said: "Investment on a scale this big brings new retail, leisure, residential, employment and educational opportunities to the town.

"As well as making the area an even better place to live, this transformation will also establish Wandsworth as an attractive base for shops and businesses and an increasingly appealing destination for visitors

Neil Churchill, general manager of Southside, said: "Southside’s reputation as a leading retail and leisure destination for south west London is developing fast and we see Debenhams’ commitment as a key step in developing it further.

"A department store for Wandsworth will provide another exciting draw, alongside the Cineworld cinema, our great range of retail names and the growing mix of restaurants and cafés."

http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/n...h_town_centre/
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Old November 7th, 2012, 12:41 AM   #63
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Thanks for posting this. That's quite a big coup from a Wandsworth angle - and it means that the much modified and delayed plans for the shopping centre are now going to completion: it's essentially fully let. We can expect a full redesign to the north east corner of the site now, as well as a biggish construction site.

Hats off to Metro Shopping Fund (the Delancey / Land Securities JV who own the site) and their predecessors on this one - they've significantly increased the value of the building compared to the Arndale days.

I understand that they had previously been in quite advanced talks with M&S - to the extent of them being illustrated on planning diagrams, and the like - I suspect these fell through, as M&S did indicate a dramatic cutback in the number of stores they were intending to operate a while back. Debenhams should anchor the north end of the centre well.

An unanswered question is what this means for the Wandsworth Job Centre Plus, currently occupying the (now certainly doomed) small 1960s office block above the existing Arndale Walk section of the development. There's no office provision in the new building, and certainly nothing that would be in the cost range that Jobcentre would sign for. I doubt Southside want them as tenants in any case - the current building's a shambles (partly Metro's fault, but also partly JCP's) and does little for the centre. There's been a fairly long running controversy about where it can relocate - no-one wanted it near them due to a persistent problem with crime and antisocial behaviour by a minority of the customers, and a large campaign erupted when it was suggested it could move to Southfields. Most of the other buildings in the area were unsuitable or in a terrible condition (cf. Golfrate's decaying Lyon House on Wandsworth High Street, which is possibly becoming a hotel now).

Obviously this also begs the question of what happens to the Debenhams down the road at Clapham Junction. I wouldn't be susprised if they both continue, as the demographic is rather different (Southside is quieter, and car-based; Clapham Junction is wealthier but passing trade), and the CJ branch is busy with local trade. Speculating somewhat, I doubt Debenhams would want to lose the profitable CJ site - but there may be a re-ranging with bulky homeware (beds etc. - feels squeezed in in CJ) moving to the more spacious Wandsworth site. It's worth noting that TK Maxx also opened big outlets in both sites, although the slightly smaller Clapham Junction store remains far busier.

An interesting success story is the various coffee shops inside the centre - Wandsworth didn't have very many back in the day, and the decent independent ones on the high street are very quiet - but the chains in there are always completely packed, possibly suggesting that the centre is becoming a bit of a local 'destination' centre for longer visits, rather than somewhere people quickly pass through.
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High res pic of phase 2 (under construction):

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Old November 13th, 2012, 11:02 PM   #65
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 12:01 PM   #66
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Loads of Southside Phase 3 planning docs and pics:

http://planning.wandsworth.gov.uk/WA...mber=2011/5534
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Old December 21st, 2012, 10:30 PM   #67
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Construction well underway on phase 2:

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Should be finished by March/April 2013

Can a mod move this to the construction forum?
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Old December 30th, 2012, 01:20 AM   #68
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Southside (Phase 2) | Wandsworth | U/C

Southside Shopping Centre - Phase 2

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Old December 30th, 2012, 01:35 AM   #69
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Background and info on Phase 3 here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...1375947&page=4
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Phase 2 should be done soon right?
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Old January 18th, 2013, 02:30 AM   #71
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Yes, almost finished. The schedule is to finish by the end of March, that's when the restaurants move in.
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More regeneration work for town centre

Further work is about to take place which will improve the appearance of Wandsworth town centre and aid access for pedestrians around Southside Shopping Centre.

Wandsworth Council is about to begin laying a new pavement along the western side of Garratt Lane, which runs next to the new Southside development.
The improvements to the footway will run between the access road into the Arndale Estate and Mapleton Crescent - improving access for visitors to the popular centre.

The work will start this month and is expected to be completed in March - with pedestrian access being maintained at all times.

The work coincides with Southside's £40m phase of redevelopment opposite Sainsbury's, which is due to be handed over for fitting out shortly. Two new restaurants - Rossopomodoro and Wagamama - are due to open there in April 2013 and negotiations are going forward with potential new stores.

The next phase of the redevelopment will include the demolition of Arndale House and Arndale Walk commencing late 2013. It will comprise 100,000 sq ft of new retail space and Debenhams will occupy the majority of this with a new department store over three floors.

It will have entrances on Garratt Lane and from the North Mall inside the centre - and will open in 2015. There will be five other retail units and a larger leisure unit on the second floor. The existing building frontages at the junction of Garratt Lane and Wandsworth High Street will also be enhanced.

In recent years, Wandsworth has seen the opening of a new town centre library, the conversion of the shopping centre into the thriving Southside complex plus a host of redevelopments in Hardwick's Way, Smuggler's Way, Buckhold Road, South Thames College and overlooking King George's Park.

At the same time the council is working to ensure the ongoing £1bn regeneration of Wandsworth Town includes a reconfiguration of the one-way system.
The authority believes that switching part of the gyratory back to two-way working would relieve pressure on the high street and help it flourish.
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http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/ar...or_town_centre
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The right (white) side is externally finished now and they're fitting out Wagamama. The bricks for the section on the left are just going in now.

http://www.southsidewandsworth.com/s...2013/transform
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i went passed it yesterday and it looks done.
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The right (white) side looks externally 'done' and there is a 'Wagamama opening soon' in the window of the middle of the three restaurants. However the left (brick) side is not 'done' yet, they are just starting the brick work.
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Old February 15th, 2013, 06:15 AM   #76
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Most windows in and most brick work complete. Looks almost the same as this pic now:
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Plan showing Phase 3: http://planning.wandsworth.gov.uk/WA...df&pageCount=7
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Experience a new Southside in 2013
http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/20...ebruary_2013/2

Wandsworth Town's Southside currently has 530 thousand square feet of retail and leisure space and an annual footfall of nearly 9 million.

The shopping centre is anchored by Waitrose, and has an impressive retail line up, cafes and restaurants, a Virgin Active health and fitness club, 1,200 car parking spaces and a 14-screen Cineworld.

An exciting tenant mix aims to reinforce Southside's position as the dominant retail experience in South West London.

The owners, Metro Shopping Fund, remain committed to enhancing the shopping centre and have already embarked on the first stage of their £48 million investment drive.

Recent new shop openings

Trespass (performance Outdoor Clothing) shop opened opposite New Look at the junction of the main mall and north mall
Phones 4U shop
Prezzo opened November 2012 on Floor 1 above Waitrose and their site includes a large new open plan dining area overlooking the main mall.
Ed's Easy Diner also opened in November 2012.
Units opening soon

Agreement has been reached for Jones the Bootmaker to open a new shop in the old Barratts location.

Post construction handover of the redevelopment opposite Sainsburys is immanent with 2 new restaurants (Wagamma and Roso Pomodoro) to open in early April.

Parking

NCP has reduced car parking charges to a maximum of £7.50 for 24 hours. This is for many motorists a potentially large reduction from just over £20 and despite some modest increases in short term parking charges parking rates are still competitive when compared to other centres such as Centre Court Wimbledon, Westfield Shopping Centre and others.

Concessionary terms are available for Waitrose shoppers and patrons of Cineworld and the Virgin Active Gym.

Redevelopment work 2013

Redevelopment work beginning this year will see the demolition of the existing Arndale Walk section to create an additional 100,000 sq ft of retail space. Scoping of works is being undertaken at present.

The redevelopment will include the demolition of Arndale House and Arndale Walk (Blocks A and B) prior to the reconstruction of the whole block to include the new Debenhams department store on 3 floors. 5 further retail units will be created along Garratt Lane.

These re-developments aim to mirror a high street by presenting varying elevations / frontages, whilst retaining the "Southside" image.

In due course there will also be some improvements to Block A, which includes Barclays Bank and Halifax / Bank of Scotland.

Wandsworth Council is about to start repaving the footway between Arndale House and Mapleton Crescent . This will tie in with phase C & D of the Southside redevelopment and the works are being paid for by Southside (under a Section 106 planning agreement).

The Gas mains replacement works are expected to complete on schedule unless there is disruption due to severe weather.

New Anchor Store for Southside

The new Debenhams department store will be a first for Wandsworth Town and should begin trading in 2015 from 81,880 sq. ft on the ground, mezzanine and first floor, with entrances situated on Garratt Lane and onto the North Mall.

Neil Churchill, general manager of Southside, said:

"A department store for Wandsworth will provide another exciting draw, alongside the Cineworld cinema, our great range of retail names and the growing mix of restaurants and cafes.

Southside's reputation as a leading retail and leisure destination for south west London is developing fast and we see Debenhams' commitment as a key step in developing it further."

More information

Metro Shopping Fund is a 50/50 London retail joint venture partnership between Land Securities Group Plc and Delancey that was set up in 2004.

Businesses that want to share in Southside's exciting future, alongside other top brands and quality operators, are invited to get in touch with Southside and discuss the opportunities available.
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Most brickwork now complete. Externally just a few pieces of glass and canopies over the three restaurant & 3x restaurant signage to go. Wagamama and pizza place being fitted out and should open by early April.
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Looks like Cotswold outdoor will be taking the space to the right of Nero on two floors.

Planning ap here: http://planning.wandsworth.gov.uk/WA...df&pageCount=1
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