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Eagle Centre extension: two department stores will anchor arcades fronting Traffic Street

Derby duo going ahead on Eagle

Published:  01 September, 2004

Westfield and Hermes are aiming to start work on their £200m extension to Derby’s Eagle Centre later this year.

Deputy prime minister John Prescott has approved the city council’s CPO and road closure order, needed to complete site assembly.

Westfield said completion of the extension – which will take the Eagle to over one million sq ft of retail, food and leisure space – was projected for 2007.

Director of development Peter Miller said: “The development will provide a huge lift to Derby’s southern gateway, creating a flagship entrance to the city from the inner ring road to generate a sense of civic pride.”

Westfield and Hermes’ Wilmslow Limited Partnership is planning two department stores anchoring two arcades in the southern part of the scheme fronting Traffic Street.

The arcades will be integrated into the existing Eagle Centre.

Also in the plans are more than 100 stores for fashion, homewares and leisure retailers; an 800-seat foodcourt, plus cafes and restaurants throughout the arcades; and 2,000 new parking spaces, taking the total to 3,700.

Many of the scheme’s retailers will be new to Derby.

Hermes Retail’s Richard Low said: “This development is vital to Derby if the city is to maintain its position as one of the key shopping destinations in the east Midlands.”

The Derby catchment boasts over £2bn of available retail spend, said Westfield.