Shopping and entertainment centre
Axiom is a new regional shopping and entertainment centre being built in Yorkshire, UK. It is the biggest retail, leisure, and sports development in the region in the past 20 years.
The shopping centre is being developed by a joint venture of Highgrove Group of Companies and Lateral Property Group. It will be part of a 106-acre estate, which will include a community stadium, events space, landscaped parks, cycling paths, and pedestrian walkways.
The shopping centre will serve as a new shopping destination in the UK, offering a combination of flagship retail stores, brand showrooms and retail pop-ups.
Construction of the shopping centre began in 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2021. The project is expected to create 1,100 jobs during construction and 2,000 permanent retail jobs.
The Axiom shopping and entertainment centre will be located in the heart of Yorkshire and is expected to become a landmark in the region. It will have a direct connection from Junction 32 of the M62.
The site lies at a distance of 1.6km from the A1 and 12.8km from the M1. It will serve approximately 2.2 million people who reside within a 30-minute drive from the site. Further, Leeds and Doncaster are located 20 minutes from the site.
The Axiom shopping centre will have a gross built-up area of 54,000m². Its design will combine both retail and leisure elements. It will feature 75 retail, leisure, and food and beverage (F&B) units including H&M, JD, Mango, New Look, Starbucks, 02, Vodafone, and Watches of Switzerland. It will also include a designer outlet named Junction 32.
Marks & Spencer will occupy 7,432m² spread over three floors. Next will also open one of the largest stores in its portfolio at Axiom, which will cover an area of 6,132m² over three floors.
Primark will occupy two floors totalling 5,574m² of floor space. Boots will occupy 1,858m² on the ground floor and offer premium beauty and cosmetics brands.
The shopping centre will be installed with advanced digital infrastructure, including LED screens and facades. It will also have digital signage and interactive apps, which will enhance the customer experience.
The Axiom shopping centre will feature 17 different restaurants, including popular brands. It will also feature a fully fitted two-level London Routemaster restaurant bus, which will allow independent chefs to run a restaurant for the first time.
The centre will house the XSCAPE leisure and entertainment area, including Snozone, which will be its sixth venue in the UK. It will also feature 14-screen IMAX multiplex cinemas and eight specialist sports retailers.
The customers will also be able to enjoy other attractions such as climbing walls, ten pin bowling, and a gravity trampoline park. The shopping centre will have both closed and open public spaces, which will accommodate leisure activities for family gatherings.
The shopping centre will feature 3,000 parking spaces, which will be equipped with smart parking technology. The automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) will enable tracking of arrivals, departures and occupancy.
The car parking zones will have clear wayfinding, which will quickly guide drivers towards vacant spaces.
Chapman Taylor is the architect of the Axiom shopping centre while France-based design studio Admemori will develop digital content to provide a unique digital experience to the customers.
UK-based consulting group CACI was responsible for carrying out an independent assessment of the Axiom catchment and trading.
Other partners involved in the project are GMI Construction Group, the Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.
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