A £90 million development, Old Market is one of the UK’s major retail and leisure schemes of recent years.
- Client: Developed by Stanhope and funded by British Land
- 310,000 sq ft new build retail destination
- 20% of space dedicated to leisure
A high quality scheme of retail and leisure, Leslie Jones Architecture in collaboration with Allies and Morrison delivered the BCSC Gold Award Winning Old Market in Hereford during a period of turmoil for the UK retail industry.
The £90 million scheme provides a modern 310,000 sq ft open-air extension to the city’s retail offering along with a cinema and catering uses on the site of the former livestock market. The scheme which has proved hugely successful has elevated the town centre without overwhelming the city’s existing urban fabric.
Leslie Jones Architecture’s expertise in creating new destinations within historical market towns informed the masterplan. The new buildings, streets and public spaces are in scale with the surrounding historic core, being particularly considerate to the views across the Hereford skyline.
Old Market was previously severed from the city by a dual carriageway, which has now been transformed into a tree-lined boulevard, incorporating raised crossings and traffic calming measures.
Materials sympathetic to the city’s rich architectural texture were chosen. Vibrant red shades of brickwork mirror the city’s Georgian and Victorian heritage, complemented by natural timber, striking glass and metallic facades.
With an in-depth understanding of retailer’s needs, Leslie Jones also ensured the development was functional, a key component in attracting tenants. As a result, the successful new Hereford destination was 80 per cent let on opening and now continues to prove popular with retailers and restaurateurs alike.