Latest mixed-use developments: Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester & more
As more people migrate to urban areas each year, property companies are leading the way to develop ‘neighbourhoods’ that combine shopping, living, working, leisure, and more, all in one comprehensive destination.
Here are just some of the latest leisure and retail mixed-use developments coming to a city centre near you…
Martineau Galleries, Birmingham
Hammerson’s plans for Martineau Galleries will transform the city-centre site into a thriving new neighbourhood, providing up to 1,300 new homes, up to 1.4m sq ft of workspace and a new 400-bed city centre hotel.
The outline masterplan, which was given the go-ahead by Birmingham City in January 2020, represents a significant step forward for the group’s City Quarters concept, which is focused on delivering vibrant mixed-use neighbourhoods surrounding Hammerson’s existing flagship destinations. The concept will see Hammerson transform many of its city venues, including Birmingham, beyond pure retail into successful new neighbourhoods.
The vibrant new quarter, which will support over 8,000 jobs and provide a significant boost to the city’s economy, will also deliver new public realm, including a town square, boulevard and new residential streets, which will be accessible and sustainable. These spaces will be available for community and cultural events, and leisure activities such as pop-up bars, food trucks and performances.
Victoria Gate Hotel, Leeds
Leeds City Council approved plans for a new 205-bed hotel adjacent to Hammerson’s iconic retail and leisure destination, Victoria Gate, in January 2020.
The Victoria Hotel site currently occupies a unique position within Leeds city centre, providing a link between the retail quarter to the west and the emerging cultural quarter to the east; home to the Leeds Playhouse, BBC studios, the Northern Ballet and Leeds City College.
The hotel will enhance both the daytime and evening economies, meeting the need for a high-quality hotel, restaurant and bar in this part of the city centre whilst providing an anchor for those looking to enjoy the city’s vibrant retail, leisure and growing cultural offer.
This marks the next step in the continued regeneration of this part of the city centre, following the development of Victoria Gate by the group in 2016. Hammerson also owns a 10-acre site just north of Victoria Leeds which will be brought forward for development in due course, creating a new mixed-use City Quarters neighbourhood.
Battersea Power Station, London
Battersea Power Station is one of Europe’s most iconic regeneration projects and, once complete, will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting retail and leisure destinations in the world.
At the heart of the 42-acre redevelopment site sits the Grade II* listed Power Station, which will open in 2021. Within the building, there will be over 100 shops, restaurants and cafes, a cinema, over 250 new homes and a selection of unique events venues, operated by Camm & Hooper. There will also be a unique chimney lift experience offering 360-degree panoramic views of London’s skyline. Apple’s new London Campus will occupy 500,000 sq. ft of office space within this iconic landmark, with business members club, No18, taking a further 40,000 sq ft.
The first chapter in this regeneration, Circus West Village, is now a thriving riverside neighbourhood with over a thousand people calling it home. Over three million people visited in the last year thanks to an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, cafes, a cinema, theatre and leisure facilities, as well as an exciting year-round events programme.
This new area will have its very own Zone 1 Underground station which will be a few minutes’ walk away from Battersea Power Station and is due to open in 2021.
Mayfield is a £1.4bn mixed-use development spanning 24 acres of Manchester city centre. It will feature new homes, workspace, a hotel and a new privately managed public park.
Given its scale and close proximity to Manchester Piccadilly Station it’s regarded as one of the UK’s most compelling and exciting regeneration opportunities and has been described as Manchester’s answer to King’s Cross.
Central to the development is the creation of Mayfield Park – 6.5 acres of beautiful green space around the River Medlock, which runs through the heart of the site.
Important heritage features including the former Mayfield Station building, a cavernous rail depot, railway arches and iconic music venue The Star and Garter, will be retained. The project is being led by regeneration specialist U+I which is promising a “soulful transformation” of the area into a world- class urban neighbourhood.
Planning permission for the first phase of the project – the majority of the park, two office buildings and a multi-storey car park – is expected in February, with work beginning on site in the second half of the year. Subsequent phases will be delivered over the next decade.
Edinburgh St James, Edinburgh
At 1.7 million sq ft, Edinburgh St James is one of the largest and most significant regeneration projects currently underway in the U.K.
Boasting a world-class retail, leisure, hotel and residential offer and injecting over £1 billion of investment into the city, the scheme is due to open in October 2020 and will strengthen Edinburgh’s global standing by transforming the city’s east end into an inspiring, attractive and vibrant destination for people to live, shop, experience and play.
The retail and leisure line-up already includes fashion brands H&M, Mango, & Other Stories, and Zara, along with retailers John Lewis, Russell & Bromley, Miele Experience Centre, JD Sports, Goldsmiths, Breitling, Omega, Pandora, Hotel Chocolat and Sunglass Hut. Three new F&B outlets have also recently signed, including, Five Guys, @pizza and Yo! To Go.
Through the scale, innovation and quality of its offer, Edinburgh St James is repositioning the city as one of the most exciting, forward thinking and sought after destinations for retail and leisure operators in Europe. Completing the city’s distinctive offer, John Lewis, the luxury W Edinburgh, boutique Everyman Cinema and Roomzzz Aparthotel will provide new experiences for people to discover. Edinburgh St James will create a new, sophisticated heart for the capital and a home for brands the city has been waiting for.
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