European designer outlet developer and owner McArthurGlen is building a new shopping and leisure destination in Cannock, UK, to serve the entire West Midlands region.
The retail centre is being developed by the company under a joint venture (JV) with Aviva Investors, the Richardson Family and the U+I Group.
With an estimated investment of £160m ($208.64m), the Mcarthurglen Designer Outlet West Midlands is being constructed in two phases. The outlet will mainly offer luxury, designer and high street brands. The planning permission for the centre was obtained in September 2016.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 2018 and the completion of the new retail complex is expected to take place in 2020.
The project is expected to create approximately 2,500 jobs during construction and 1,000 retail jobs upon its completion. It will contribute approximately £20m ($25.27m) to the local economy annually through employment generation. This will be McArthurGlen’s seventh such facility in the UK.
McArthurGlen, U+I and Rioja Developments are responsible for building and developing the new retail destination. McArthurGlen will handle its management upon its completion.
The McArthurGlen designer outlet will be located in the centre of the West Midlands. It will be 30 minutes away from Birmingham Airport.
It will cover an area of 285,000ft2 once operational. It will be situated 1.6km away from both Cannock train station and the town centre. Several arterial routes, such as the A34, A38, M6 and M6 toll, will provide easy access to the visitors of the retail centre.
The retail centre’s design will reflect the surrounding natural landscape and high street facilities. It will offer views of the nearby Mill Green Nature Reserve.
Phase one of the retail centre will house nearly 80 brands and high-street stores. It will also feature restaurants and cafés, children’s play areas and bicycle parking.
The second phase will add space to hold 50 more stores, bringing the total capacity to 130 stores. The centre will also have a car parking area with up to 1,800 spaces.
A coach drop-off and temporary parking area will be built during phase two of construction. Phase two will also involve the construction of an overflow car park for use during busy periods.
The shopping and leisure destination will also have an entertainment space that can host music festivals, sporting and cultural events. The public spaces will feature landscaping, tree planting and seating areas.
An information centre will be built at the main entrance, which will benefit visitors. In addition, a large central management facility will be developed with conference rooms, meeting rooms and facilities to meet the needs of the staff.
The initial construction works, including site preparation and earthworks, began in July 2018.
By October 2019, the steelwork and building structures were almost completed and 234 upper windows were placed. The installation of facades and roofs began after the completion of the structures.
The project will deliver improvements to the supporting road infrastructure to pave the way for the outlet and improve visitor experience.
A road scheme is being implemented in partnership with Staffordshire County Council to provide access and improve the flow of traffic nearby. McArthurGlen is contributing £15m ($19.51m).
Work involves widening the A460 Eastern Way to create a dual carriageway between Lichfield Road and Hayes Way. It also includes the development of a signalised roundabout at Eastern Way / Lichfield Road and a crossing at Eastern Way.
Other enhancements include upgrades to pedestrian crossings, cycle paths and improvements to junctions between Lichfield Road and the M6 Toll.
Construction firm Bowmer & Kirkland was appointed as the primary contractor for the project. Dentons is the advisor for McArthurGlen Group.
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