Last Friday Hunter Real Estate who manage The Spires on behalf of the new owners Canadian investment fund AIMco, revealed proposals for a £7 million upgrade of the shopping centre. This follows on from work carried out to the High Street entrance by previous owners The Pears Group and the arrival of Carluccio’s.
The proposals are for a new two-floor retail unit (24,540 sq ft) at the heart of the shopping centre reconfiguring empty shops (including the old Clinton Cards). In the New Year Hunter is hoping to announce which “major fashion retailer” will be taking this prime spot as negotiations are at an advanced level. There are also plans for three new restaurant units in the far courtyard near Waitrose (each in excess of 2,000 sq ft).
Hunter also proposes more than 10,000 sq ft of improved public space including an “enhanced public square”. Once planning permission is obtained work is due to commence in spring 2016, with the restaurants opening later in the year and the retail unit finished by summer 2017. Hunters are “bringing a nighttime economy” – with longer opening hours along with the new restaurants. Plans include possibly moving Barnet Market to the bandstand area near Waitrose (something that sadly reflects its dwindling size). However, the proposals are a significant step towards revitalising the town centre.
Here are pictures of the proposals that were exhibited last weekend in The Spires and more information is available on The Barnet Society website. Please note that feedback needs to be submitted by 20 December by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), post or by dropping it into the box provided in The Spires.
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