Jackson Square Shopping Centre in Bishop’s Stortford has announced a £5.5 million revamp that will see the reconfiguration of shop units, a roof extension to provide more than 1,000 sq m of additional retail space, a new Potter Street entranceway and alterations to improve the current Potter Street frontage.
As part of the works, Jackson Square owners, Legal and General Investment Management Real Assets (L&G) will reconfigure the QD unit and refurbish Potter Street signage and entranceway.
Led by architects Broadway Malyan, and project managed by Turner and Townsend, development plans see the current QD unit cease trading in early January 2017 and subdivided to create two new units facing onto Potter Street, whilst also helping to reconfigure space inside Jackson Square to make way for a popular large fashion retailer due to open in the centre in late 2017.
The Potter Street signage and entrance works will begin towards the end of Spring 2017 with a completion date in Autumn 2017. Throughout the duration of the works the Potter Street entrance will still be accessible to customers.
Mark Russell, Fund Manager at L&G said: “The improvements to Jackson Square will not only increase the retail offering, providing shoppers with more choice than ever before, it will also significantly enhance the look and feel of the shopping centre. We have already made a number of key improvements to the scheme and our latest plans will encourage further high-quality retailers to the Centre, focusing on increasing the fashion offer, creating a more vibrant and exciting retail environment for new and existing retailers.”
East Herts Council’s executive member for economic development, Gary Jones said: “At a time of changing shopping patterns, Jackson Square continues to play a significant role in attracting shoppers into Bishop’s Stortford. It is easy for the public to focus on the closure of individual shops, without realising that behind the scenes there are exciting plans for investment and improvement. The council welcomes this timely refurbishment. Our research shows that there is scope for new retail development in the town and it is good to see Jackson Square at the forefront of this opportunity to invest in and modernise the high street. We look forward to seeing their plans come to fruition.”
Grace Bagster, Centre Manager added, “2017 is going to be an exciting year for Jackson Square and Bishop’s Stortford with the development works and upcoming retailer announcements. It has been ten years since the centre was extended and it is great to see the scheme continue to evolve with investment from L&G.”