Transformational Retail / October, 2023

Our teams across the UK have been busy delivering transformational work within the retail sector.

Work has started on the refurbishment of one of the retail terraces at The Fort Shopping Park, Birmingham, with the project due to complete shortly. Since we started working with our client George Capital, we have amalgamated two units to create a new space for Five Guys and the new refurbishment will see one unit let to B&M Bargains.

Heading up the M1 we are working at Meadowhall in Sheffield with British Land to prepare for new occupiers. With British Land we’ve also been working on Teeside Park to improve the frontages of the park’s units. Recently we completed a new façade for one unit and are currently converting the former Toys R Us and Mothercare stores into new units to become a home for B&M and Primark respectively. A third unit is being refurbished for a new sports fashion brand. All three projects will be completed by November with the aim of the new stores opening in 2024.

The Wakefield team has also been working on a trio of retail refurbishment projects, including one close to home at the Smyths Toys unit at Wakefield Westgate on behalf of client CD9 Properties. The team has been focused on creating new units at Fosse Park South in Leicester for Wexford Retail LP, where we completed a full strip out and the subdivision of a unit into three new units. The last of the projects took place over in Stafford, where we have been converted three units into one at Queens Retail Park, on behalf of Hercules Unit Trust for its tenant Home Bargains.

Finally, the Manchester team is working with Sovereign Centros on the Metro Retail Park. The project includes the partial demolition of an existing unit, which will be replaced with a new 25,000 sq ft terrace subdivided into three units. Alongside delivering the terrace we have also reconfigured parking and servicing arrangements, with handover expected imminently.

Dave Evans, group director at The Harris Partnership, said: “A lot was made about the changing face of retail post-pandemic and with the cost-of-living crisis continuing to hit the pockets of consumers, landowners are aware they need to transform their retail parks and shopping centres to attract both consumers and occupiers.

“We’re pleased to be working with a number of clients to help revitalise their portfolios and create spaces fit not just for today but the long-term future.”