Leslie Jones bags Revo Gold for fourth consecutive year

Leslie Jones Architecture’s team were celebrating with their peers on Wednesday after Cathedral Square in Worcester gave the team its fourth Revo Gold Award in as many years, with the scheme scooping the prestigious Re:Fresh award for building contracts up to £10million.

Leslie Jones Architecture was commissioned by Salmon Harvester to oversee the designs for the redevelopment of Cathedral Plaza Shopping Centre in Worcester, including retail, food and beverage and public realm improvements.

Adjacent to the city’s Cathedral, the scheme needed to be sensitive to the area’s historical context, yet simultaneously provide Worcester with an elevated retail and leisure destination to entice the modern consumer offline and back onto the high street.

Leslie Jones’ innovative design solutions for the retail and leisure elements included a new 20,000 sq ft MSU unit, seven new restaurants, remodelled shops, a gym and food store. The designs also include the creation of a new public square in front of Cathedral Plaza. The square will act as a new focal point for the entire community, answering the need for attractive, functional and centrally located public space to reinforce Worcester’s burgeoning image as a lifestyle destination.

Brian Tracey, Director at Leslie Jones said: “This award shows that Leslie Jones really understands the needs of both its clients and the stakeholders involved in a project like Cathedral Square, and demonstrates the importance of a close relationship between architect and developer. Our team’s creative flair created a sense of place which will bring forward a new identity for the Cathedral Plaza Shopping Centre.

“We are delighted to have worked on a Revo Gold Award-winning project for the fourth year running.”

Last year, Queensbury’s Friar’s Walk in Newport took home the Revo New Centre Gold Award, with Newcastle’s Eldon Square winning in 2015 in the ‘refurbishment and extensions over £5 million’ category for its programme of modernisation. Both schemes were designed by Leslie Jones Architecture.

These wins followed 2014’s New Centre win by Old Market in Hereford, which was designed by Leslie Jones and Allies & Morrison.