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Regent Arcade refurbishment reaches new Heights

Published:  18 February, 2013

The Regent Arcade shopping centre in Cheltenham has reached its highest point in the build and has marked the milestone with a topping out ceremony.

The ceremony, which was held by the project’s construction company Willmott Dixon South West, was presided over by the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucester as well as other dignitaries who were taken on a behind-the-scenes tour.  

Willmott Dixon was awarded the project on behalf of the centre owners Canada Life in 2012. Once complete it will be home to new H&M and River Island stores for the city and will be fronted by a new bath stone façade. The project is due for completion in summer 2013.

John Boughton, operations director for Willmott Dixon in the South West, said: “We are delighted to have reached such a significant milestone on time and within budget.

“The redevelopment of Regents Arcade is a great project for Cheltenham and will change the look and feel of the main high street for the better.”

Mike Roberts, estates director for Canada Life, added: "The Regent Arcade has been at the heart of Cheltenham since it introduced the shopping centre concept to the town almost 30 years ago. By creating two new flagship stores we have helped to ensure that the town centre can meet the modern retail requirements of big name brands. It's taken a long time, a lot of hard work and a considerable investment on our part to get this far and we now want to work with the Council and other stakeholders to ensure that Cheltenham town centre can continue to offer a vibrant retail environment in these challenging times."