Shopping Centre
Wembley win

The London Borough of Brent has adopted Quintain’s masterplan for a 600-ha area surrounding Wembley Stadium. The masterplan includes a new retail high street running north of the stadium as well as 10,000 new homes, further hotels, conferencing facilities, cafes, bars and new offices.

Calling the bottom

Cushman & Wakefield says the investment market has stabilised. David Erwin, head of UK capital markets, said: “Although from a low base, there is an improvement in investment demand and activity. The whole feel of the market is more positive with a real depth of bidders for prime retail assets both in and out of town.”

VQ full

Leeds’ Victoria Quarter is now 100 per cent let following the opening of two new stores. Jeweller Thomas Sabo and food outlet Opposite Cafe will open this month, giving the centre a full house. Developed by The Prudential in 1990, the centre is now owned by Bank of Ireland.

Milligan launches in Portugal

Niche retail developer Milligan has signed a joint venture with Eiffage to develop Portugal’s first “Retail Planet” in Lisbon.

Hamleys heads for Glasgow

Hamleys has signed up for a 30,000-sq ft store at Ivanhoe Cambridge’s extension to the St Enoch centre in Glasgow.

Modus in admin

Shopping centre developer Modus Ventures has been placed in administration with KPMG appointed as administrator. Modus Ventures was at the heart of a web of companies the entrepreneur Brendan Flood used to hold his property and retail interests.

Licence to skill

Equipping young people with core skills isn’t just the government’s job – retailers and centre owners have a responsibility too.

Rip-off Britain

New research highlights the fact that UK rents are still absorbing too much of retailers’ takings, compared to other international markets.

The price is Right

Gone are the days of shelves stacked with two year old stock; factory outlets are becoming a channel in their own right

Parking by design

The days of concrete box, multi-storey car parks may be coming to an end. And not before time.

Rapid Response

The UK’s leading car park company NCP turned to Siemens to overhaul its infrastructure to improve customer service.

Fashion focus for Aberdeen

An array of fashion stores have opened for business at Land Securities and British Land’s Bon Accord centre with four new lettings totalling 12,100 sq ft. Karen Millen took 3,200 sq ft for its first Scottish store out of the central belt. At the same time three other fashion brands have relocated to new, larger units within the centre with Warehouse taking 3,000 sq ft, Oasis 3,800 sq ft and Coast 2,100 sq ft.



May sales fall back

The Springtime resurgence in retail sales ground to a halt in May as UK retail sales values fell 0.8 per cent on a like-for-like basis, according to the Retail Sales Monitor from the BRC and KPMG.

Another brick in the wall

Rushmere Shopping Centre in Craigavon, County Armagh, has invested £200,000 to build a primary school in one of Uganda’s poorest regions. The Rushmere School which is due for completion this month, will educate over 400 under-privileged children.


Global real estate investment manager PRUPIM has appointed MALCOLM SMITH as chief operating officer. He is a former managing director and chief operating officer for Barclays Global Investors in Europe, and prior to this he was head of investment management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and was previously a consultant at Mercer Human Resources. Smith will join the board of PRUPIM and will be based at the company’s headquarters in London.

Bra campaign supports air ambulance

Castlepoint in Bournemouth is repeating its Bag a Bra week, which last year raised £2,293.72 for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Special pink recycling bins will be placed around the centre to collect unwanted bras.

New St next stop for Child Safe

Child Safe Zones is continuing to expand beyond the world of shopping centres, and the latest high-footfall destination to adopt the scheme is Birmingham’s New Street Station.

Manager of the year at a small shopping centre

Winner - Darren Winter, Freeport Fleetwood

Manager of the year at a large shopping centre

Winner - Gordon McKinnon, The Trafford Centre

Marketing manager of the year

Winner - Ian Cox, Golden Square, Warrington

Young achiever of the year

Winner - Emma Squires, West Orchards, Coventry

Development team of the year

Winner - Cabot Circus, Bristol

Environmental management award of the year

Winner - Gunwharf Quays

Manager of the year at a medium-sized shopping centre

Winner - John O'Shea, Freeport Braintree

Security team of the year

Winner - The Harlequin, Watford

Customer service team of the year

Eldon Square, Newcastle

Short term merchant of the year

Winner - Guardian Jewellery

Lowry outlet mall drives sales

Manchester’s Lowry outlet mall has reported an 8 per cent rise in footfall and a 7 per cent rise in like-for-like sales in the year to May 2009. Centre manager Robert Hallworth said: “The Lowry Outlet Mall has performed way above expectations for May. The success has been down to strong, targeted marketing to really drive footfall as well as adding another great brand – Bella Italia – to our offering.”

State of the Nation

To celebrate its relaunch, Shopping Centre commissioned an exclusive survey of centre managers from Business Blueprints to find out what’s happening out on the malls.

Digital Dilemmas

The advent of the internet bought with it a plethora of new communication and marketing tools that shopping centres can take advantage of.

Wide screen appeal

Digital screens are changing the way advertisers view shopping centres, leading to increased revenue for mall owners.

Strangely, considering most of them are enclosed environments, the advertising industry counts shopping malls as part of the ‘outdoor’ media sector. And, like all advertising, outdoor is undergoing one of its worst-ever slumps. The Outdoor Advertising Association calculates gross spend fell 19.3 per year-on-year in the first quarter of 2009.

Filling the Gap

With its first standalone store in Ireland recently opening in Dundrum, the US clothing retailer is on an upward curve.

Managing agent of the year

Winner - Cushman & Wakefield

Retailer of the year

Winner - Shakeaway

Lifetime achievement award

Winner - Iain Watters