The £85 million revitalisation of Newcastle’s premier shopping destination.
- Client: intu Properties PLC
- 400,000 sq ft extension
- Creation of new dining destination
- Comprehensive refurbishment
- New entrances and public realm
Eldon Square is the flagship development in the continuing programme to extend and upgrade Newcastle’s retail offer – one of the UK’s largest city centre shopping destinations. Leslie Jones Architecture has led on the multi million pound project, which includes a range of asset management initiatives to revitalise and extend the centre’s offering.
The Leslie Jones designed St Andrew’s Way mall brings clarity to the complex, retail-led regeneration scheme. Double-height retail units have been introduced to replace the narrow, single-storey mall of shallow units and an underperforming market. The modernised space enables tenants to successfully promote their brand to consumers, including the four-storey Debenhams anchor store.
Leslie Jones has further applied its experience in town centre regeneration to design this extension such that it is sympathetic with the conservation area and adjacent Grade I listed Grainger Market. As a result, the building compliments the city’s architectural landscape belying its 400,000 sq ft interior. Leslie Jones used creative flair in the design through the introduction of a diagrid glazed elevation for the department store, helping the scheme take its place among modern retail destinations. The existing mall has been invigorated through a strategic programme of asset management initiatives coupled with innovative designs. There is now a striking central space with new feature ceilings, accent lighting, pilasters, wall features and façade for the main anchor, John Lewis.
Grey’s Quarter, a new £25 million destination dining quarter, is now complete and further diversifies the scheme’s offering, meeting modern consumer needs. The project is one of the region’s largest retail and leisure investment programmes in the past decade providing 20 new restaurants at the heart of the city.