Centrale is a shopping centre in Croydon, South London, one of the largest covered retail developments in London. It is owned and managed by Hammerson and was opened in 2004, plans were announced in January 2013 to redevelop Centrale and combine it with the Whitgift Centre. Centrale is located on North End, facing the Whitgift Centre and it was developed from the existing but much smaller Drummond Centre. It now contains two large stores - House of Fraser and Debenhams - and around 50 smaller stores including Next, H&M, Budwals, the 820,000 sq ft development housed Croydons first and only dedicated indoor food court on the upper level. The Food Gallery was given planning permission after the centre was built. As of 2013, the Food Court has no tenants, the units being boarded up, other food outlets in the centre include McDonalds, Auntie Annes and House of Frasers World of Food which has international cuisine available from a number of concessions including Yo. Recent reports suggest that the remaining units in the centre will be opened to exclusive outlets opening their first London stores outside the West End.
The centre houses a Mecca Bingo establishment. It boasts a 168,000 sq ft House of Fraser,21,000 sq ft Zara and 51,000 sq ft Next all of which was opened in 2004, along with a larger H&M, Mango and Timberland. The building has been designed to maximise the view of west Croydon from the windows including the IKEA Towers landmarks on Purley Way. The building has solar panels on the according to a report which was highlighting Croydons Ashburton Learning Village on 24dash. com. Centrale does not have numbered levels, but instead names them as Keeley Road & Tamworth Road, Lower Mall, Ground Floor Mall and Upper Mall. As part of the development, Centrale committed to and paid for improvements to North End, the stop operates as a fully functioning transport interchange with trams stopping on one side of the platform and local buses on the other. It operates, along with West Croydon and East Croydon, as a Tramlink interchange on the Croydon Loop, East Croydon station is around a 10-minute walk from the centre.
The Drummond Centre was a centre located on North End in Croydon. The centre was never popular due to its small size. Revenue was low at the centre, and it could never compete with the larger Whitgift Centre across the road, the only reason why large stores such as TK Maxx and Debenhams opened in the centre was because of it housed the only large suitable units in Croydon. In addition to the shopping centre, there is a small row of shops, on Keeley Road at the back of the centre
Southside Wandsworth is a shopping centre in Wandsworth Town, London, England. Southside opened in 1971 as the Wandsworth Arndale Centre, and was the largest of the UK-wide chain of Arndale Centres with 110 shops and it occupies much of the town centre of Wandsworth, with five blocks of apartments, and the River Wandle running in a culvert underneath. It initially included a mix of shops and restaurants, as well as a market traders hall, at one point it housed a large nightclub, which closed in 2002. The shopping centre is anchored by a Waitrose supermarket, large TK Maxx, the upper mall contains a food plaza containing an Eds Easy Diner, Frankie & Bennys, KFC, McDonalds and Prezzo as well a 14-screen Cineworld cinema. Two gyms reside in the centre with a Virgin Active at the Wandsworth High Street end of the shopping centre, since August 2016, the Virgin Active has been taken over by Nuffield Health gyms. A large recently refurbished and extended branch of Sainsburys is located opposite on Garratt Lane together with a Premier Inn Hotel, the centre is split into three indoor malls plus a street-frontage along Garratt Lane.
The south mall contains a large Decathlon store, Caffè Nero, Carphone Warehouse, Clairess, EE, Nationwide, Oliver Bonas, Pandora and Waterstones. The central mall contains a number of stores including an Argos, Gap, H&M, JD Sports, Primark, Top Shop. It included a clinic and a day centre, as well as a post office. Because it was right over the River Wandle, it was considered something of an architectural. However it was not universally popular, and its size led to it being described by some contemporary commentators as one of London’s great architectural disasters. Although initially successful, it steadily drifted downmarket in the decades after its construction aided by the departure of its anchor tenants such as Sainsburys. Work therefore began to refurbish and extend the complex in 2000. This included the demolition and reconstruction of the southern end of the structure, to add a new 860-space multistorey car park, a 14 screen Cineworld cinema. A large Waitrose supermarket was built, to anchor the relaunched centre.
A glazed roof to the Central Mall was introduced to better use of natural light. This redevelopment was followed by construction of a 23-storey residential development at the end of the complex by Barratt Developments. Wandsworth Borough Council refurbished the residential apartment blocks in 2003/4
Park Place (Croydon)
Park Place was a proposed shopping centre which had been expected to open in Croydon, London by 2011. The date was pushed back due to a number of problems between different developers, financial backers and the local council. It has now been cancelled, as other schemes begin progress, such as the extension to Centrale and it was part of the Croydon Vision 2020 re-generation scheme. Minerva planned to build a centre, office accommodation and bus station on the site of the Allders department store. The scheduled commencement date for Park Place was originally Autumn 2006, John Lewis and Borders expressed their desire to have a store in the centre, with an Apple Store another potential buyer of a unit. A compulsory purchase order by Croydon Council is in the process of being enacted to enable the site to come under the ownership of Minerva. A major new department store will be located to the south of the new site, originally this was to be a new Allders store, owned by Minerva, but John Lewis was lined up to anchor the site.
On 5 May 2006 John Lewis announced that no development scheme in Croydon met their requirements and this has boosted the chances of the newco Allders Ltd being able to secure anchor status in the new development if it is pursued. Nestlé, whose UK headquarters in the Nestlé Tower form part of the site, the development will create a new piazza on Croydon High Street. There are proposals to alter Queens Gardens with updated planting, an ice rink, a performance space, the overall viability of the Minerva plans was thrown into doubt following the building of the 1.615 million sq. ft. Westfield London shopping centre development in west London which opened in October 2008, on completion of the centre, Croydon will have approximately 3,300,000 sq ft. of space in its three shopping centres. On 19 March Minerva announced that their deal with Lend Lease had collapsed, Lend Lease were responsible for negotiations with John Lewis. In May 2008, Croydon Council announced that they did not expect works to start until late 2009, a revised planning application was not expected to be tabled until late 2008.
Minerva meanwhile was facing speculation of a bid by the Dubai-based Limitless. Minerva plc description of Park Place Park Place information from Croydon Council Park Place peerages row in the Croydon Guardian
The Exchange Ilford is the main retail shopping mall in the town centre of Ilford, officially within the London Borough of Redbridge. It was owned by The Mall Fund for a period of time but has now been sold, there is an upper level of retail and food court facilities accessed from the middle level. Transit between levels is via a series of lifts and escalators within the Mall, in addition, the Exchanges anchor stores are Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx and Wilkinsons. A new Primark store has opened adjacent to the Exchange, other major stores within The Mall Ilford include WH Smith, New Look, Sports Direct, Clinton Cards, Burger King, Poundland, Peacocks, 99p Stores, The Body Shop, Thorntons and GAME. More stores are located just outside the Exchange, including an Argos, one of the two sides of M&S is publicly accessible from the Upper level of the Mall. However, one closed in July 2015. Past architectural features of the mall were a, now defunct, granite floating sphere, the centre is accessible by car, with access to parking via Havelock Street and Ley Street.
The centre is served by the numerous Transport for London bus services which serve central Ilford. In 2012, it was reported that the centre is owned by the London-based Dutch privately held real estate investment company Meyer Bergman, official website Exchange Ilford on Twitter
The Brunswick Centre is a grade II listed residential and shopping centre in Bloomsbury, London, located between Brunswick Square and Russell Square. It was designed by Patrick Hodgkinson in the mid-1960s, based on studies by Leslie Martin and it was initially planned as a private development at a time when private, mixed-use development in the UK was rare. Building started in 1967 and was completed in 1972, though the building fell some way short of its intended size, the original plan extended up to Euston Road but the Ministry of Defence would not release the site of a building they leased for use by the Territorial Army. The exterior of the building was never painted because the Borough could not afford to work on the building after they took control. Despite being widely disliked by those who are unsympathetic to modernist architecture, by this time, many of its shop premises were unoccupied. Plans for renovation had repeatedly blocked by residents committees but in November 2002. This included the painting of the blocks in their originally-planned colour, the major work was completed in late 2006 with the opening of branches of several high street chain stores and restaurants.
In 2007, the council started work on replacing the windows, now referring to itself as The Brunswick, the centre contains 560 flats, various shops, cafés and restaurants, a Waitrose supermarket, and a Curzon cinema. The centre is used as a location for films, TV, photography and music videos including Alexei Sayles Stuff, The Comic Strip. 1, the BBC’s skateboarders trailer and Egg Card’s guineapig advert, jack Nicholson strolls along the concourse and down the main staircase in the 1975 film The Passenger. Mansuns music video for Wide Open Space was filmed at the centre, lodger wrote a song dedicated to the building. Alexandra Road estate – of similar design by Neave Brown. Elain Harwood, A Guide to Post-War Listed Buildings, B. T, the Brunswick website Article from The Guardian, October 2006 Media related to Brunswick Centre at Wikimedia Commons
The Mall (Bromley)
The Mall is a shopping centre in Bromley, South East London, United Kingdom. It is small in size and is overshadowed by the main shopping centre in Bromley The Glades. It is not connected with or owned by The Mall Fund, the Mall is owned by Henry Boot Developments, the shops between and including Your Local and The Mall News are owned by Threadneedle Property investments. The reason for this is because this building was there before The Mall opened, at that time it was wholly occupied by British Gas showroom. The Mall appeared on the cover of the 1982 album Sounds like Bromley by Bromley-born Billy Jenkins, the picture is of the rear of what is now Poundland to the right and the car park above Argos. The Mall has been refurbished and redeveloped by Henry Boot Developments with completion in 2007, the document is however inaccurate, it says that The Mall was originally built in the early 1960s. The Mall was, in fact, originally built in the late 1960s and this is not true, because in 1973 The Mall had only been open for 3 years and there were developments in 1983 with kiosks added which were removed in approximately 1985,1993 and 2000.
The first floor from those shops were taken away except for Poundland which has the first floor of unit 6, the lift and stairs were moved from between the buildings to next to the east side of the building. The west side was not extended but the 1st floors were made smaller, sevenoaks Furniture extended the upper floor of Unit 1 in approx. Unit 1 has the largest upper floor out of units 1-4, the gym and bike parking ideas were scraped, the gym became office space which has never been occupied by a company long term. Bromley South railway station Bromley North railway station There is a bus interchange outside the centre
The Spires Shopping Centre
The Spires Shopping Centre is a shopping centre in Chipping Barnet, north London, England. It is located in the centre of the town, on the High Street, miss Wyburn funded the first Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in the area which was a good iron hut in East Barnet opened in 1915. The High Barnet church was opened in 1892 by the Reverend Dr. Thomas Bowman Stephenson and it was demolished in the late 1980s to make way for the shopping centre, with the exception of the two steeples. The shopping centre has many hallmarks of a suburban shopping centre. It is unenclosed, and has two open-air atria along its length for people to pass through as they use the centre, today these open areas are occupied by seating areas for several cafes. There is an attached multi-storey car park, intended for the use of visitors to the centre, in April 2013, William Pears Group bought The Spires from the bank UBS for a reported £34 million. Under their ownership the high street frontage was extensively remodelled, the Spires has since been bought by the Canadian investment fund AIMco.
In December 2015, Hunter Real Estate, who manage the centre on behalf of AIMco, the centre is served by many bus routes including the 614 and 234. The nearest tube station is High Barnet, situated approximately 10 minutes walk south of the High Street, media related to Spires Shopping Centre at Wikimedia Commons
The Chimes, Uxbridge
The Chimes, Uxbridge is a shopping centre in Uxbridge, within the London Borough of Hillingdon, owned in a joint venture between the Malaysian pension fund Kumpulan Wang Persaraan and Intu Properties. Opened in February 2001, the centre includes 71 stores and restaurants, including Currys Digital, Boots, BHS, Gap, H&M, a multi-screen Odeon cinema, with the only IMAX screen in West London, is a major part of the centre. A number of existing old buildings in Uxbridge High Street were restored and incorporated into the new shopping centre, planning for the shopping centre began in the 1990s, under the proposed name of St Georges, although a development in Harrow on the Hill subsequently took the name. The new development, bordered by the High Street and Chippendale Waye was built beside Uxbridge tube station, bronze Age remains were found during initial excavations as part of an archaeological investigation of the site, dating from before 700 BC. During the 1980s, the centre was refurbished and a roof was built, anchor stores including Boots and Debenhams were established in the centre, as was a multi-screen Odeon cinema.
The 19th century-built offices of the building company Fassnidge were refurbished and included in the new development. The new restaurant was designed to resemble a Tudor-style house, a statue, named Anticipation, featuring a woman and dog was unveiled near the front entrance of the centre on 25 June 2002 by Elizabeth II and the Prince Philip. The statue had been commissioned by Hillingdon Arts Association and was created by Anita Lafford and her design was chosen on March 2001 following an open competition which began in January 2000. The Chimes was used to film scenes for the Channel 4 television comedy The Inbetweeners, the tenth anniversary of the opening of The Chimes was celebrated in February 2011, at which time it was said to be attracting 12 million customers each year. The centre was renamed Intu Uxbridge in 2013, following the renaming of parent Capital Shopping Centres Group plc to Intu Properties plc, in June 2014, Intu Properties sold an 80% majority stake in the centre to the Malaysian pension fund Kumpulan Wang Persaraan for £175 million.
Under the terms of the sale, Intu retained 20% and continued to manage the centre, stores in the centre include, Accessorize, ALDO, Debenhams River Island, Sunglass Hut, French Connection and Waterstones. A number of independent stores, as well as restaurants and a multi-screen Odeon cinema are within the centre, as of 2016, The Currys Digital, Gap and BHS stores have closed. Official website Leslie Jones Architecture - Case study
The Piccadilly Arcade runs between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street in central London. It was opened in 1909, having been designed by Thrale Jell, the main entrance is on the south side of Piccadilly between Fortnum & Mason and The Ritz, directly opposite The Royal Academy. The Piccadilly Arcade contains sixteen high class shops, Piccadilly Vaults, other beautiful shops line the Arcade, many of which are tailors, being close to the historic shirt makers on Jermyn Street. Once there was a showroom for Waterford Crystal and Wedgwood chinaware, another unusual shop is The Armoury of St James a seller of World Orders and toy soldiers. There is yet another arcade on the side of Piccadilly. It is to the east of the Piccadilly Arcade, adjacent to St Jamess Church, media related to Piccadilly Arcade at Wikimedia Commons
Broadway Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath
Broadway Shopping Centre, is the principal covered shopping centre in the town centre of Bexleyheath and is the largest single covered shopping facility in the London Borough of Bexley. However, in 2010, following the sale of the centre, its new owners confirmed the major expansion plan would not be going ahead, there are 59 retail shop units considered to be within the Mall building and additional smaller retailers in RMUs. In the early years of the existence, the site was known as the Broadway Shopping Centre. In the early 21st century the building was acquired by the Mall Fund, the Mall Fund subsequently purchased the neighbouring Broadway Square, and ran it alongside The Mall. In 2009, The Mall Funds parent company Capital & Regional agreed a deal to sell the centre to Jones Lang LaSalle. As a result of its departure from the network, use of the Mall corporate material declined, though some elements remained under The Mall identity, other centres which have been sold off by The Mall Fund have reverted to their former names following their sale.
Some marketing materials for the centre, as of Spring 2010, in September 2010, new signage bearing the name Broadway Shopping Centre Bexleyheath, with the centres new red-and-white logo, began replacing the Mall-branded elements. In April 2016, Jones Lang LaSalle concluded the sale of the Bexleyheath complex to NewRiver Retail, the Mall is located in a rectangular building in the centre of Bexleyheath. The boundaries of the centre are the Broadway to the north, Townley Road to the west, Albion Road to the south, access to the malls is via pedestrian entrances at three sides of the mall, and vehicle access to the centre is via ramping at Albion Road. There are two levels of parking - Upper and Lower - and each is divided into three sectors, with associated lifts and stairs linking each sector to the mall level. The building encompasses three covered malls of shops which converge on a square, and includes a row of shops facing onto the Broadway itself. The Mall opened in its current form in 1984, although outer sections fronting the Broadway opened earlier, Woolworths being the first, opening their new store at 93 -105 Broadway on Monday 23 November 1981.
The centre was built on a site previously occupied by Hides department store. The 2007 revamp altered this, most significantly in replacing the ceiling with a new white. The inaugural winner of the Mall Funds Make Your Mark competition for new retailers was Daisys Dog Deli and this firm has since relocated to trade from a kiosk at the Bluewater regional shopping mall. In 2001, a new shopping development adjacent to the Mall was opened, Broadway Square uses a strip mall format to offer a pub and six large retail units, with an associated two-level car park. Broadway Square was initially independent of the neighbouring covered centre, until it was acquired by The Mall Fund. Retailers currently trading from Broadway Square are TK Maxx, JD Sports, Poundworld/DiscountUK, Wilkinson and Sainsburys, in late 2006 work began on a major refurbishment of the Mall