McLaren Construction to deliver £90m Ashford Designer Outlet expansion project

WCN Editorial Team 8 Jan 2018 EUROPE BUSINESS

McArthurGlen has appointed McLaren Construction as contractor for the £90m Phase II extension of Ashford Designer Outlet in the UK.

Work on the project will commence in January 2018.

The expansion has been taken up as part of the group’s 1.6 million ft2 active development pipeline over the next three years across Europe and Canada.

McArthurGlen had announced plans to expand the Ashford Designer Outlet in 2014 and secured planning approval from Ashford Borough Council in September 2015.

The 100,000ft2 extension will offer 50 additional premium and luxury brands, a new food piazza, an events space, a redesigned children’s play area and 725 new parking spaces.

It will also include the installation of Europe’s ‘largest living wall structure’ and many of the stores will be clad in tens of thousands of plants, all stacked vertically.

This will be the first extension of Ashford Designer Outlet since its opening in 2000.

The existing 185,000ft2 centre, which has the world’s largest tented retail structure, was designed by architect Richard Rogers, who had designed the Lloyd’s building in London and The O2 Arena.

Several new premium and luxury brands have already signed up to join Ashford Designer Outlet when it opens in 2019.

The expansion is expected to generate more than 500 jobs and will include a shuttle bus linking the outlet, the town centre and the international train station at weekends and during school holidays.

McArthurGlen will also provide funds for the improvement of pedestrian and cycle routes from the station.

McArthurGlen regional development director Claude Hargreave said: “After four years of meticulous planning, we’re incredibly excited to confirm that building works on the extension will commence this January.

“Over the next 18 months, we will be investing £90m into the centre to elevate the whole shopping experience for our guests and the retail environment for our brand partners.”

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