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Firstly, apologies if this thread exists elsewhere-but I couldn't find it.

We all know that there are a great deal of huge retail led regeneration schemes going on in the UK at the moment. Many of our cities have cranes dominating the city centre delivering new retail schemes.

No doubt these schemes are all discussed ad-nauseam across this website on various threads, but I feel it would be useful to get a thread outlining the key features of as many as we can..for reference as much as anything else.

Housekeeping! Keep it to confirmed schemes, either under construction, or due to start in the next few months. It's no use filling the thread with pie-in-the-sky masterplans or multi billion pound projects that wont complete till 2015. Also, lets not go into huge depth. I'm sure the dedicated threads exist elsewhere on SSC.

So here are the key facts for a few of the schemes that I am most aware of.


£675 million investment in Cardiff city centre
967,500 sq ft (89,891 sq m), retail-led mixed-use development to include:
1. A major John Lewis 4 storey department store of 260,000 sq ft
2. Over 100 new stores
3. 300 Luxury roof top apartments
4. 3000 car parking spaces
5. 21 Catering units, including cafes, restaurants and bars of circa 65,000 sq ft
6. New public facilities, public art and enhanced public spaces
7. Contemporary and relaxing shopping environment with facilities for shopmobility, families and security
8. A state-of-the-art Central Library of 55,000 sq ft
9. Modernisation and refurbishment of existing St David's Shopping Centre

The project will:
1. Create 4,000 permanent new retail jobs upon completion
2. Create 1,000 construction jobs
3. Attract more than £250 million of new spending to Cardiff city centre every year
4. Establish Cardiff as one of the top retail destinations in Europe
5. Proposed date of opening - 2009


The £500 million development comprises:

· Total retail and leisure area, including restaurants and cafes of 1 million sq ft (92,900 m)
· A four-storey, 170,000 sq ft (15,800 m) flagship department store, to be occupied by House of Fraser
· 37,000 sq ft (3,450 m) store, in Quakers Friars, to be occupied by Harvey Nichols
· A 100,000 sq ft (9290 m) Cinema de Lux with 3,000 seats in a 13 screen state-of-the-art auditoria
· 15 major stores and more than 120 new shops, 20 of which will be restaurants and cafes
· over 2,600 car park spaces
· new cycle routes, bus and coach stops
· new dedicated public spaces, including; an open square around the refurbished Quakers Friary buildings, featuring shops, restaurants and residential apartments and a new covered civic space in front of the proposed department store
· over 250 residential units, including 24 affordable homes in the heart of the city
· more than 161,500 sq ft (15,000 m) of office space
· 120 hotel bedrooms, in a building of more than 60,000 sq ft (5574 m)
· 280 student bed spaces, a development of 103,000 sq ft (9570m)


Eagles Meadow shopping centre has been designed around a series of dynamic, new, urban spaces and offers a premium opportunity for retailers, restaurants and leisure operators.
Anchor tenants for the shopping centre are Debenhams with a 90,000 sq ft department store, Marks & Spencers with a 55,000 sq ft store, a 24 lane Tenpin bowling and a 44,000 sq ft 8 screen Odeon Multiplex Cinema.
The scheme encompasses 400,000 sq ft of retail and leisure units available to let:
· Units range from 300 sq ft to 15,000 sq ft
· All units are located in an open mall environment
· Some units are available with mezzanine for trading on two levels
· 1,000 space car park on 2 undercroft levels


Friars Walk is an exciting urban regeneration project that will dramatically improve the retail, economic and architectural environment of Newport City Centre, the newest City in Wales.
Friars Walk will provide 475,000 sq ft of accommodation featuring:
· A 105,000 sq ft Debenhams department store
· A 80,000 sq ft Marks and Spencer’s store
· A 30,000 sq ft New Look store
· Deals exchanged with: River Island, Boots, JJB and Passion for Perfume
· 57 Standard units
· A new 1,400 space ‘gold standard’ car park
· A 9 screen multiplex cinema
· A new restaurant quarter - deals exchanged with Pizza Express and Nando's
· 250 new style apartments
· A 120 bed hotel
· A new bus station

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In Newcastle we have the extension and re-development of Eldon Square Shopping Centre in the city centre,
It compromises 500,000 sqft of new retail space-
7 new stores (20,000 sqft in total) have been developed and are now open in the West part of the centre and two new restaurants (Wagga Mamaand Strada) are also open. In March the North of the development opened which is a new mall beneath the current Eldon Square which has a new Argos stores and new entrances to John Lewis and Boots. A new Waitrose supermarket also opens in the summer and all the other 15 or so stores are "under offer".
The largest part of the development is the Southern part of the centre which open in 2010, which is 410,000sq ft in total. It will have an anchor Debenhams department store and large, two storey stores, currently New look, River Island and Top Shop/ Top Man are reloacting to this part of the centre. There is still many stores still to be let in this part- but I guess there is a long time to 2010!

There is also the Pilgrim Street development in the city centre- this is currenly in the planning stage and the final plan will be annnounced later this year- it covers 17ha south of the main shopping street in the city (Northumberland Street)- the development will be redevelopment of many fine 18/19century buildings and new build, it will be retail led, with at least one anchor store (Harvey Nichols has widely been mentioned) and possibly a 2nd department store. There will also be apartments, new bus station, student accom and office, but the main theme will be retail. Current finishing date is probably 2015.

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Liverpool One (formerly known as The Paradise Project)

A 42-acre regeneration of Liverpool City Centre by Grosvenor, providing -

- 1.65million sq ft of new retail and leisure space
- 160 new retail units
- Flagship John Lewis (240,000sq ft) and Debenham (180,000sq ft) department stores
- 3 new car parks providing 3000 spaces
- Two new hotels, pre-let to Novotel and Hilton
- A 5-acre regenerated park
- 14 screen Odeon cinema
- Over 20 new restaurants
- A major transport interchange
- Over 300 apartments
- New BBC Radio Merseyside studios

Opening in two phases -
Phase 1 - 29th May 2008
Phase 2 - 30th September 2008

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Cut and paste job from the hull thread..

Quay West (Outline PP granted)

Kingston-upon-Hull City Council has granted planning permission for Henderson Global Investors and Invista's proposed refurbishment and extension of Hull's Princes Quay shopping centre. The Quay West development will increase current floor space by more than 500,000 sq ft, to create a new 725,000-sq ft retail destination to begin 2009 with completion in 2013.

The open-air scheme will reinstate streets and squares that existed in the area prior to the Second World War and will provide a substantial mix of uses. In addition to two new department stores (John Lewis and Debenhams rumoured), there will also be approximately 60 new stores; a new 140-room 4-star star hotel; ancillary offices and flats.

There will also be an increased focus on leisure and Vue Cinemas has agreed to develop a ten-screen cinema on top of the existing Princes Quay centre, opening towards the end of 2007.

Also incorporates:
Vue Cinema Conversion of top deck of Princes Quay shopping centre. Europes first fully digital cinema (Completed)

St Stephens (Completed)

£200M+ development fronting Ferensway and covering 100,000 sq m. Opened November 2007. Current new stores brought to the city include USC, Zara, H&M, La Senza, Pumpkin Patch, amongst others.

Incorporating new shopping centre, new home for Hull Truck theatre, 220 new apartments, Albemarle childrens music centre and refurbishment of Paragon station into a state of the art transport interchange

Shopping Centre now open and Transport Interchange completed.

Hotel and Music Centre now open.

Theatre U/C to be completed and opened late 2008.

Residential scheme to follow.


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There's a fascinating one in Lincoln not least because it creates a new street - PLEASE MORE NEW STREETS IN THE UK! But also because it removes a hideous bus station and creates and exciting transport interchange. It's not a huge scheme, but it's an exciting one. Prolific UK urban regenerators MODUS are the developers.

"Modus plan to provide a retail led scheme which will include a department store, 5 major space units, 34 retail units, a new 1000 space 'gold standard car park’, new restaurants, 180 new city style apartments and a potential hotel"

I'm not sure what a 'gold standard car park' is but it sounds great! Fee car washes? :banana:
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