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Hammerson and Morley submit Peterborough plans

Published:  28 September, 2007

Hammerson and Morley have submitted a planning application to Peterborough City Council for a 730,000-sq ft retail, entertainment and leisure quarter in the North Westgate area of Peterborough city centre.

Designed by Benoy, the mixed-use scheme sited next to the existing Queensgate Centre takes the form of a series of pedestrianised streets and squares, landmark buildings, with new links to the wider city. At the same time the Queensgate Centre is to be extensively modernised. When completed, the development will form a single destination of over 1.6 million sq ft.

The proposals include a new retailing street providing 320,000 sq ft of double-height accommodation in 50 shop units and five large flagship stores covered by a dramatic glass roof; a 160,000-sq ft department store for Marks & Spencer; a second anchor store of 65,000 sq ft, 70,000 sq ft of cafés and restaurants centred around Westgate Church in a new city square; a 48,000-sq ft multi-screen cinema; an hotel; over 100 apartments; 3,300 parking spaces and a new bus interchange.

Subject to planning consent, construction of the North Westgate development could begin in 2009, with completion scheduled for 2013. The anticipated development cost is approximately £470m.

Hammerson's development director, Michael McGuinness, said: “North Westgate will bring about a major injection into Peterborough’s economy and transform its standing in the UK’s hierarchy of leading retail destinations. The introduction of an exciting new range of fashion and lifestyle retailers will attract even greater numbers of visitors to the city, with the new entertainment and restaurant elements of the scheme providing an attractive evening destination in its own right.”