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Leisure extension for Kingsgate WD Kingsgate has been granted planning consent to build a new leisure extension at the Kingsgate shopping centre in Huddersfield. Over the next few years the scheme will be expanded by 50 per cent with a new F&B-led mall being built through to the nearby High Street. The development will bring a new cinema as well as restaurant units to the centre, and will allow both Next and JD Sports to upgrade and expand. The state-of-the-art new cinema will be leased to The Light, and WD Kingsgate has

also received planning consent to expand the Next store to 25,000 sq ft while JD Sports will be upgrading from 3,000 sq ft to an 8,000-sq ft store. Peter Everest, CEO of WD Kingsgate, said: “We are responding to a need from our primary catchment to have somewhere to spend long periods of time, from day into evening. The new restaurants and The Light cinema will go a long way to improving the perception of the nighttime economy in Huddersfield, but this is just the start – the offer at Kingsgate is going to

Speke starts on site

British Land and Hercules Unit Trust have started construction of a £23m leisure extension at New Mersey, Speke. British Land is doubling the amount of food and drink across its retail portfolio over the next five years. The 66,000-sq ft development will be anchored by an 11-screen, 37,000-sq ft Cineworld cinema featuring Superscreen technology. The extension will also deliver an additional 29,000 sq ft of restaurant space across six units. Pre-lets have been secured with TGI Fridays (7,000 sq ft), Nando’s (4,700 sq ft) and Wagamama (3,500 sq ft) and

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discussions are progressing on the remaining three restaurants. The restaurant element will open in late spring 2018 with the cinema opening in summer 2018. British Land asset manager James Varley said: “The New Mersey leisure extension will significantly improve the centre’s leisure and dining options, enhancing our customers’ experience and creating Places People Prefer. Across our retail portfolio, we are investing to create outstanding places that are in line with peoples’ changing lifestyles.” British Land is represented by Wilkinson Williams and Cushman & Wakefield.

transform dramatically over the next few years with a complete F&B offer.”

Coventry council appoints Shearer Coventry City Council has appointed Shearer Property Group to create the City Centre South development that will transform the heart of Coventry. City Centre South will transform some of the most out-dated areas of the city centre, including Bull Yard, Shelton Square, City Arcade and Hertford Street. And it will make the city the second biggest shopping destination in the West Midlands. The development proposal includes a major department store, three major flagship stores, up to 50 new retail units, a multi-storey car park, a cinema and other leisure uses, restaurants, private and rented residential and student accommodation and an hotel. The whole scheme will connect the city's much loved, circular market with the rest of the centre and the developer is aiming to have the development open for business by 2022. Guy Shearer from Shearer Property Group said: “This site provides the opportunity to deliver a transformational scheme that will put Coventry back on the map as a retail and leisure destination. Our scheme embraces the concept of creating not just a major step change for Coventry but repositioning the city as a true metropolitan destination within the Midlands conurbation that will bring new retailers to the city and attract shoppers from a much wider catchment.” MARCH 2017 SHOPPING CENTRE

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Shopping Centre Magazine March 2017  
Shopping Centre Magazine March 2017