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Coming of Age

Glasgow’s St Enoch shopping centre is 21 this year, and the birthday celebrations on 25 May will coincide with the opening of Phase 2 of its £100m refurbishment and extension

Look North

As the Northern Ireland Region of Shopping Centres prepares for its first-ever conference, as part of its 21st anniversary celebrations, there are signs of renewed activity in the market

Seeking approval

Since its introduction in 2006, the Approved Contractor Scheme has had a wide ranging impact. More than 127,100 licensed operatives now work for an approved contractor. But what does this mean for the private security industry and for its end users in retail?

Keeping a close eye

Keeping track of stock loss and threats to security are top priorities for shopping centres. And new technology is making it easier than ever to stay on top of things

Green shoots

The deals drought that has gripped the Dublin retail market for two years finally broke this month, with two significant moves highlighting the fact that rental values have now fallen sufficiently to tempt international brands into the market.

Garden fresh

A new development in Peterborough is bringing a new approach to out-of-town retail by putting a garden centre at the heart of its tenant mix

Food feedback

Coverpoint’s Jonathan Doughty serves up his regular shopping centre foodservice review. This month he visits Chilango at Meadowhall.

Creative appeal

As construction continues at Westfield Stratford City, a pioneering campaign is under way to involve local talent in the development of the scheme

Lettings

This month's market movements

PROPERTY MARKET PERFORMANCE

The strong rally in retail property investment markets continues apace, albeit with growing signs of a market that is ‘pausing for breath’. According to IPD, capital values for all retail increased by 1.65 per cent in March. Capital values for shopping centres lagged behind this growth at 1.41 per cent as they were outperformed by retail warehousing (+1.95 per cent) and standard shops in the South East (+1.50 per cent).

This month’s moves . . .

Workman Retail has announced that Georgina Grazebrook has accepted an invitation to join the partnership with effect from 1 May. Nick Hilton and Joanne Tamberlin have been appointed Associates.

Charity bike ride from London to Liverpool One

A group of 50 riders, including Grosvenor employees and Liverpool One staff, will cycle from Grosvenor’s London offices to Liverpool in two and a half days to raise money for The Liverpool One Foundation.

Robin Hood swaps LA for Nottingham

Ridley Scott’s latest blockbuster, Robin Hood, made its way to Nottingham’s Cornerhouse for the UK’s only gala screening.

Lush makes a point about biofuel

Cascades Shopping Centre is fully supporting one of its newest tenants, soap retailer Lush, in the store’s upcoming live knife-throwing event. The event, due to take place outside Cascades Kingswell Path entrance, will demonstrate the dangers of biofuel by strapping Lush’s store manager to a ‘Biofuel Wheel of Misfortune’ while a knife thrower hurls foot-long razor knives at him.