Shopping centre renovation
Angel Central Shopping Centre, a prime retail destination in Islington, London, UK, is undergoing a renovation programme. The renovation will establish the shopping centre as a leading retail and leisure destination in North London.
CBRE Global Investors, the owner of the shopping destination, submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of a part of the shopping centre to Islington Borough Council’s planning committee in June 2018. The company proposed to remove the angel wings sculpture located within the outdoor public space in the planning application and later submitted a revised application in September 2018, which stated that the structure would be retained.
CBRE invested £11m ($14.22m) in the transformation of the basement car park to provide increased retail and leisure space. The work was completed in the first phase of the £16m ($20.90m) refurbishment project.
The ongoing second phase of the masterplan is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
The leisure and entertainment destination, previously known as an N1 shopping centre, is located at 21 Parkfield Street in Islington, North London, UK.
It is situated two miles from the City of London near Angel tube station.
Opened in 2002, the shopping facility houses leading retail brands and a cinema complex. The 170,000ft² shopping centre welcomes approximately ten million visitors a year.
The renovation project will enable the mall to add more restaurants, outdoor seating and leisure spaces.
It also involves the replacement of the existing lighting, ceilings, pavings and balustrading to the public areas to provide a modern look.
CBRE purchased 19 Upper Street in August 2016 and 14 Upper Street in April 2019. It plans to improve the visual appearance from Upper Street and develop new gateway units with potential for a rooftop restaurant.
An existing retail outlet on the first floor is being transformed into a restaurant with a double-height fully glazed curtain walling system with terracotta baguettes installed as a feature façade for providing a brise soleil.
The elevation of the angel wings as part of the second phase was completed in August 2020. The 12t hand-rolled stainless steel sculpture, which is spread across 15m, was raised by 3.5m from its existing position to sit atop a new footbridge.
The elevated location is a part of the planned al fresco dining area, which will be constructed as the centrepiece of the mall’s renovation plans.
Other works include the construction of a new pedestrian link bridge with balcony extensions to the walkways in the first level. An ellipse-shaped fully glazed kiosk unit will be built below the link bridge. New concrete faced steps, additional seating, and landscaping planters are also being created.
The mall houses a 22,000ft² H&M store and other retailers such as GAP, Calzedonia, Monsoon, Accessorize, Oasis, Rituals, Argos, Paperchase, MUJI, Flying Tiger Copenhagen, and L’Occitane.
Typo, an international stationary specialist, opened a unit next to L’Occitane and Calzedonia in the first half of 2019. The mall houses fitness operator Frame, which occupies 5,200ft². A 15,500ft² Uniqlo clothing store opened in 2019 as the anchor store of the renovated shopping centre.
British restaurant and cocktail bar Jones & Sons opened its facility at the mall in June 2018. The 2,110ft² restaurant can accommodate 94 people and includes an outdoor terrace space.
A nine-screen 42,800ft² Vue Cinemas complex has been a longstanding feature of the mall. Vue Cinemas extended its lease in April 2019 for additional 25 years until 2044.
Visitors can choose from a range of dining options, including Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Hotel Chocolat, Itsu, Pret, and Wagamama.
RED Construction was awarded a contract worth £7m ($8.92m) for the second phase of the shopping centre renovation. It is working with development manager Queensberry for delivering the contract.
Haskoll Architects and TconcepT are the architects for the project. FRA Creative won a contract for the development of wayfinding and signage strategy for the mall.
AECOM is responsible for providing structural and services engineering services for the project. Lambert Smith Hampton was appointed as the managing agent for the shopping destination in October 2020. The project team also includes Henry Riley, FRA Creative, and PEC Parkfield.
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