Nottingham Island

A new urban business, culture and residential community within the city’s creative quarters, the Nottingham Island project will provide a safe, high quality and mixed neighbourhood with its own distinct character and identity. Wellbeing is at the heart of this scheme, reinforced by walkable, cyclable streets and reduced dependence on cars and vehicular movements. A beautiful and extensive public linear park threads through the site east to west, empathising the importance of breathing and retreat space in our future cities. The scheme comprises of nearly 1000 residential apartments, over half a million square feet of modern workplace and creative enterprise, a 174 key hotel and extensive university accommodation including 666 student accommodation rooms along with community amenity, local retail and leisure. Approved in outline by the City Council and moving into technical design stages, the populous of Nottingham will find this new neighbourhood a vibrant and equally relaxing counterpoint to the city centre as a place to work, rest and play.

Basildon Eastgate Quarter

A vision for the transformation of Basildon Town Centre through the reimagining and partial redevelopment of the Eastgate Centre and it’s surrounding area. The Eastgate Quarter will provide up to 2800 new homes within the town centre, suitable for inspiring a future generation to live and work in Basildon. Evoking the pioneering spirit of the 1950s New Town, the masterplan creates a substantial mixed-use neighbourhood of residential, shopping, workplace and community amenity, along with substantial new public green spaces, well-scaled streets and welcoming squares. With plans submitted to Basildon Council in winter 2020, the team looks forward to progressing the designs in 2021.

Gravesend Town Centre

The Gravesend Masterplan is designed to re-engage the town centre with the river, bringing focus back to the historic High Street and the grade II* listed St George’s Church. The scheme is an example of targeted and sensitive regeneration within a small town setting which reacts to the challenges of the rapidly changing relationship between uses within our town centres. The challenge is to deliver a scheme of significant scale which sits comfortably within its heritage setting. The first phase of the development, which achieved planning permission in July 2020, delivers 242 residential (PRS) units and car parking and is progressing on site. The second phase forms an extension to the existing St George’s Shopping Centre, for which LJA has completed a comprehensive refresh.  The development is centred around a new church square which provides a useable and flexible piece of public realm surrounded by a rich mix of uses including commercial, leisure, cultural, community, hospitality and residential to re-energise the town centre heritage quarter.

St Catherine’s Place, Bedminster

Leslie Jones Architecture has led the masterplan for the comprehensive mixed-use redevelopment of St Catherine’s Place in Bedminster.

 

Only a 15 minute walk from the centre of Bristol, this aspiring town has been highlighted as a key area for growth by Bristol City Council.  Sitting at the heart of the development area is St Catherine’s Place forming a pivotal role in defining the town’s direction and ambition.  

The first phase provides new homes through the permitted development of St Catherine’s House which is now complete. This includes a two storey extension and façade refurbishment to set the tone of the forthcoming development.

 

The next phase which has been submitted for planning delivers a 22 storey residential tower providing 208 apartments with fantastic views over Bristol and Windmill Hill. The integration of town centre apartments into an area with sensitive context and challenging sales values has been achieved with careful consideration to material selection and efficient design.

 

The development will benefit from a fully refurbished retail environment with new cafes, restaurants and a boutique cinema and in many ways typifies the opportunity that failing retail centres present to our town and city centres for much needed and appropriate regeneration.

Castle Quay, Banbury

Leslie Jones Architecture has developed the proposals for the mixed use extension to Castle Quay shopping Centre.

 

By adding leisure, restaurant, hospitality and foodstore uses to the existing retail offer, we have helped Cherwell District Council ensure the centre remains relevant to the current market by improving the mix of uses within their town centre. 

The designs take advantage of the water side location, with a raised and colonnade-covered restaurant terrace overlooking the canal. The striking design of the cinema above also benefits from an external terrace for which we are developing a new concept with the cinema operator to provide an external viewing experience. 

The scheme includes a new 117 room hotel which masks the existing car park as well as a 30,000sqft foodstore and associated car park. A new footbridge bridge over the canal and re-landscaped public realm link the development with the existing centre.

intu Watford

Leslie Jones Architecture was appointed by intu to integrate Charter Place with the existing intu Watford centre creating a new leading retail and leisure space for the town.

A central requirement of the project was to bring intu’s brand to life in the cohesive 1.4 million sq ft centre. Based on a long-standing relationship with the client, Leslie Jones was able to inject creativity into the design, while ensuring intu’s commercial requirements were met.

The resulting development features a diversity of architectural forms with gable-inspired façades and a dynamic glazed covering to the central space, which has been purposefully designed to encourage free flow of consumers between the amalgamated centres.

The centre provides Watford with a balanced and fresh retail and leisure scheme. It includes a contemporary nine-screen cinema with a 450 seat Imax theatre complemented by a vibrant new restaurant quarter. The development increases dwell time beyond traditional trading hours and looks to draw a higher footfall through the development.

The project was completed in 2018 and creates of a new homogenous focus for Watford’s retail and leisure offering where people can visit, shop and socialise.

Wembley Park

Leslie Jones Architecture has been responsible for the retail masterplan at Wembley for client Quintain since 2004. This important London regeneration project required an evolving retail content that would realise the potential of this significant retail and leisure destination.

As part of the £65 million project, Leslie Jones led the architectural design of the London Designer Outlet, the first scheme of its kind inside the M25. This impressive asset provides a new European retail destination at the heart of the 87-acre Wembley City regeneration site.

Leslie Jones’ expertise in knitting distinctive yet complementary retail offers into an existing urban fabric ensured the £65 million scheme capitalised on other developments being instigated in the area by Quintain. The contemporary, fresh finish with clear frontages, open walkways and a balconied restaurant terrace has allowed the modern 350,000 sq ft development to successfully target the diverse catchment area of 4,000 homes and 8.4 million potential visitors.

In order to ensure the London Designer Outlet maximised on visitors to the area, Leslie Jones used creative flair designing vertical quilted, stainless steel panels carrying colour-changing LED lighting to the cinema elevation. This provides the scheme with an eye-catching and defining personality, enabling it to take its rightful place in the urban fabric of Wembley.

The destination is further complimented by a 700 space multi-storey car park linked to LDO through new public realm featuring seating and planting. The car park incorporates angled coloured-fin details to the elevations to contrast with the adjacent retail outlet and Wembley’s diverse architecture.

The scheme has successfully taken its place within this world renowned destination and secured retail and leisure tenants such as a Cineworld, Marks & Spencer, Nike, Guess, Sketchers, Superdry, Clarks and GAP as well as restaurants Wagamama, Las Iguanas and Pizza Express.

Following the success of LDO and its car park, Leslie Jones has now designed a 1,800 space car park and 200 space coach park to the east of the world-famous stadium. The designs incorporate a bridge link to the stadium concourse level, ensuring free flow of foot traffic. A combination of fins to the main façade, as well as pre-cast and glazed cores, will be used to ensure the car park stands out amongst Wembley’s diverse architecture. The south elevation has a bold horizontal expression which is given vertical asymmetry by the geometry of the vehicle access ramp at the lower levels. The car park also includes spaces for residential, supporting the area’s thriving resident community.

Leslie Jones has also designed a 312-room Premier Inn for the development. The design solutions for the hotel’s architecture reflect the evolving image of Wembley. Completed in 2017, the hotel facilities enable more visitors than ever to visit and stay at Wembley.

Old Market

A high quality scheme of retail and leisure, Leslie Jones Architecture in collaboration with Allies and Morrison delivered the BCSC Gold Award Winning Old Market in Hereford during a period of turmoil for the UK retail industry.

The £90 million scheme provides a modern 310,000 sq ft open-air extension to the city’s retail offering along with a cinema and catering uses on the site of the former livestock market. The scheme which has proved hugely successful has elevated the town centre without overwhelming the city’s existing urban fabric.

Leslie Jones Architecture’s expertise in creating new destinations within historical market towns informed the masterplan. The new buildings, streets and public spaces are in scale with the surrounding historic core, being particularly considerate to the views across the Hereford skyline.

Old Market was previously severed from the city by a dual carriageway, which has now been transformed into a tree-lined boulevard, incorporating raised crossings and traffic calming measures.

Materials sympathetic to the city’s rich architectural texture were chosen. Vibrant red shades of brickwork mirror the city’s Georgian and Victorian heritage, complemented by natural timber, striking glass and metallic facades.

With an in-depth understanding of retailer’s needs, Leslie Jones also ensured the development was functional, a key component in attracting tenants. As a result, the successful new Hereford destination was 80 per cent let on opening and now continues to prove popular with retailers and restaurateurs alike.

Port of Dover

Leslie Jones Architecture is appointed by the Port of Dover and Bride Hall Real Estate Partners to design and deliver the commercial strategy of the partnership’s Dover waterfront regeneration project as part of the Western Docks Revival.

The design solutions for the mixed-use development comprise a mix of uses including residential, retirement living, catering, retail and leisure facilities to revitalise the town and elevate the area’s offering. Leslie Jones’s designs will compliment Dover’s historical context, while bringing a modern mixed-use development to an iconic transport hub.

Leslie Jones’ expertise of applying successful designs to varied contexts will ensure Dover’s waterfront homes, businesses and leisure facilities will be able to effectively capitalise on being on the doorstep of one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs. The practice’s ability in capturing successful elements of mixed-use schemes across the UK, and adapting, then transferring them to the benefit of a development in a port environment has meant Leslie Jones is well placed to bring this seaside town back to life.

The design solutions have ensured the commercial development will be accessible and easy to navigate, providing businesses and retailers the opportunity to engage effectively with consumers.

The waterfront regeneration project will be developed as part of the wider Dover Western Docks Revival project, which will ensure the port, handling goods worth an estimated £100 billion on behalf of UK plc, can utilise its unique location to develop its cargo business whilst supporting the existing ferry, cruise and marina operations throughout the projects’ timelines.

The Moor

The Moor was traditionally one of Sheffield City Centre’s key shopping areas, but following a period of significant retail decline in the city, it has struggled.

A forward-thinking partnership between Scottish Widows Investment Property Partnership Trust (SWIPPT), now part of Aberdeen Asset Management, and Sheffield City Council (SCC) helped to unlock redevelopment, with Leslie Jones Architecture leading the masterplan to recreate and revitalise the area.

The first phase of redevelopment saw the creation of The Moor Market for Sheffield City Council, a 73,000 sq ft landmark building for the city fronted by 60,000 sq ft of retail units for Aberdeen. The position of the market resulted in a limited frontage on The Moor itself. Leslie Jones therefore designed the dramatic brass-clad arched structure incorporating a glazed entrance facade and striking internal timber structure establishing the market in the streetscape of The Moor.

Internally, Leslie Jones worked closely with management and traders at the previous dilapidated Castlegate Market to ensure the maximum area was available for the display of goods. Echoing the theatre of markets seen elsewhere across Europe, Glulam timber was used in the innovative entrance structure, while the main market roof and supporting ‘tree’ columns were arranged in diagonal grids to maximise space and draw footfall through the longest axis of the market. The market’s design is juxtaposed with the modern, rectangular design of the fronting retail units, which complement the white Portland Stone cladding of the existing buildings on The Moor.

The team is now onsite with the redevelopment of the remainder of The Moor, which will create an evening economy through the introduction of a multi-screen cinema, nine restaurant units and further retail units anchored by Primark. A high-end offer is planned to the North of The Moor, complemented with value retailers at the market end, with the overall aim of encouraging new office and residential development in the area.

The public realm has also been revitalised with 40,000 sq ft of new paving, street furniture and planting, funded by Aberdeen as part of the partnership with SCC. Stunning new kiosks are also being introduced in order to further diversify the offering on The Moor creating a lively and engaging public space.

Sympathetic to the existing urban fabric, Leslie Jones has designed a scheme to appeal to modern retailers and consumers with one of Yorkshire’s largest concentrations of small businesses sitting alongside nationwide brands to create an exciting new shopping and leisure destination. The Moor now successfully competes with out-of-town schemes to draw from a wider catchment and Sheffield has begun to regain its place as a major regional shopping destination.

Friars Walk

As one of the fastest growing towns in Wales, Newport is undergoing a comprehensive programme of regeneration, of which Friars Walk is a central part. 

Friars Walk has reshaped the landscape of Newport with retail sales expected to double in the city, adding £120 million per annum and the city’s catchment predicted to increase from 211,000 to 367,000 with an estimated footfall of 10-12 million per annum (Source: Javelin/DTZ).

The 390,000 sq ft centre features a 90,000 sq ft Debenhams Department Store as well as other retail anchors H&M and Next. The leisure offer includes an eight screen Cineworld multiplex cinema, a Superbowl UK with 12 State of the art lanes and riverside restaurants including Loungers, Nando’s and Le Bistrot Pierre.

Lying between the River Usk and Newport’s existing retail core, the scheme reconnects a disjointed part of the cityscape to create a cohesive, attractive and accessible urban realm.

Leslie Jones’ innovative designs seamlessly integrate a network of covered streets to create an all-weather destination. Differences in street levels are resolved by the new three-storey Debenhams to the north, which will encourage pedestrian activity, while double-height shop fronts will meet the needs of today’s sophisticated retailers.

A series of public spaces starting at John Frost Square lead pedestrians through the development, past the restaurants and cinema toward the cultural and university buildings which line the River Usk. A bridge over the waterway links these spaces to the rugby and football stadiums and residential developments beyond.

Taking inspiration from the surrounding Welsh landscape and Newport’s historic architecture, Leslie Jones has incorporated slate, timber, steel and glass into the design. This will further reinforce the scheme’s position within the architectural context of Newport.

Leslie Jones’ experience and expertise in retail-led urban regeneration ensured a smooth planning process for the scheme and an excellent working relationship with the Local Authority.

intu Eldon Square

Eldon Square is the flagship development in the continuing programme to extend and upgrade Newcastle’s retail offer – one of the UK’s largest city centre shopping destinations. Leslie Jones Architecture has led on the multi million pound project, which includes a range of asset management initiatives to revitalise and extend the centre’s offering.

The Leslie Jones designed St Andrew’s Way mall brings clarity to the complex, retail-led regeneration scheme. Double-height retail units have been introduced to replace the narrow, single-storey mall of shallow units and an underperforming market. The modernised space enables tenants to successfully promote their brand to consumers, including the four-storey Debenhams anchor store.

Leslie Jones has further applied its experience in town centre regeneration to design this extension such that it is sympathetic with the conservation area and adjacent Grade I listed Grainger Market. As a result, the building compliments the city’s architectural landscape belying its 400,000 sq ft interior. Leslie Jones used creative flair in the design through the introduction of a diagrid glazed elevation for the department store, helping the scheme take its place among modern retail destinations. The existing mall has been invigorated through a strategic programme of asset management initiatives coupled with innovative designs. There is now a striking central space with new feature ceilings, accent lighting, pilasters, wall features and façade for the main anchor, John Lewis.

Grey’s Quarter, a new £25 million destination dining quarter, is now complete and further diversifies the scheme’s offering, meeting modern consumer needs. The project is one of the region’s largest retail and leisure investment programmes in the past decade providing 20 new restaurants at the heart of the city.

Bromley Queens Gardens

As with many retail destinations, intu Bromley needed to diversify its offer to remain a relevant retail destination for the London borough. A new dining quarter was therefore conceived in order to appeal to modern consumer needs.

The Queens Garden area was chosen for the 10,000 sq ft development due to its attractive outlook. The area will be revitalised with new restaurant units, transforming the Queens Gardens into a complimentary day and evening destination aimed at the centre’s affluent catchment.

Leslie Jones Architecture has applied its expert design skills and technical knowledge to work closely with all stakeholders and as part of the project team, throughout a complex planning process. The views of all stakeholders have helped inform the design by Leslie Jones, providing restaurant space within sympathetic pavilion architecture.

Planning approval has also been gained by Leslie Jones for a new cinema extension at the centre. The scheme designed at roof level incorporates new restaurants and dinning offers, vertical circulation and a stunning new atrium interior as a focal point. New tenants have already been attracted by Leslie Jones’ innovative designs and the centre’s vibrant new offering, including Carluccio’s, which has opened its restaurant and foodstore concept at the centre.

Kinan

Leslie Jones Architecture has been commissioned to develop retail and leisure concept designs for a series of emerging communities in the Middle Eastern Kingdom.

The designs, which are required to be scalable and flexible, will provide for the shopping and lifestyle needs of these new local destinations incorporating a supermarket, fashion, local retailing and food and beverage. While each of the schemes is individual, the layouts are generally of an open street format, bringing a variety of spaces and routes to create a characterful and dynamic place.

Vital to the success of the prototypes was Leslie Jones’ ability to understand the client’s needs and the particular physical challenges of the region. The team applied their extensive knowledge of international retail destinations to bring these local requirements together and meet, or surpass, the client’s requirements and vision.

Southside

Leslie Jones Architecture’s project leadership over the masterplan at the 350,000 sq ft development began in 2000 and has since helped the scheme to attract major new tenants, raised rents threefold and increased annual footfall to eight million.

The evident turnaround for the scheme is demonstrated by Leslie Jones’ creation of contemporary double height high street frontage – allowing the formerly inward-looking centre to be projected externally and engage with the surrounding streets.

The interior has also been renewed with the malls now maximising both natural and feature lighting to characterise Southside’s evolving position as a leading retail destination. The dynamic design and use of materials such as limestone has transformed the scheme’s reputation.

The new offer has already attracted a 36,500 sq ft Waitrose food store, a 14-screen Cineworld cinema, a 42,500 sq ft Virgin Active health club and a new 81,000 sq ft anchor store for Debenhams. This mix of retail, catering and leisure, allied with the new outward facing architecture and interior design, has repositioned Southside and created a new sense of place and focal point for the local population.

intu Victoria Centre

intu required Leslie Jones Architecture to undertake a comprehensive review of the intu Victoria Centre in Nottingham in order to rationalise space and update the scheme. Applying the team’s extensive commercial knowledge and design skills in dealing with existing assets, Leslie Jones developed a comprehensive refurbishment programme alongside the extension plans for the scheme.

The interior of the centre has been modernised and refreshed, reinventing the previously cluttered and claustrophobic feel of the scheme. The design introduces a lighter palate and dynamic ceiling to freshen the interior, while timber column cladding and a creative lighting system provide interest in the design and a feeling of warmth.

Leslie Jones’ masterplan includes revitalisation of the two main entrances, effectively over-cladding the 1970’s brutalist architecture with a mix of Danpalon cladding and anodised aluminium features. Externally, improvements to the public realm around the clock tower include the introduction of alfresco dining. The refurbishment project is now complete and the area is open and successfully trading.

A significant expansion of the centre to the North is also planned. This is within the old railway cutting, currently occupied by a multi-storey car park. The extension will bring a new anchor to the scheme along with a significant uplift in the retail provision. Innovative use of materials, such as Faience and Sandstone in the façades, reference the local vernacular whilst a rich variety in scale and form effectively split the extension into three building types.

Leslie Jones’ expertise in the sensitive modernisation of existing schemes will ensure intu’s Victoria Centre remains commercially competitive within the retail landscape of Nottingham, extending trading hours through the enhanced catering offer and attracting new tenants.

Centrale

Leslie Jones Architecture was appointed by Hammerson to help realise their retail vision for Croydon. The project focused on reconfiguring the retail space of Centrale Shopping Centre to create a family-friendly leisure quarter that will extend Croydon’s retail offer.

Created over a 30-year period, the 82,000 sq ft shopping and leisure complex was laid out on a complex urban site with 7.5 metre changes in level across the development and conservation areas to three sides. It included two department stores, three floors of retail units, a food court and bingo hall – all in need of revitalisation.

Leslie Jones applied its extensive retail and leisure expertise to carry out a detailed analysis of the centre. A transformational design was developed focusing on the rationalisation of space in the centre and diversification of the offering by introducing improved catering and a new 11-screen cinema.

A striking design was created for the cinema to ensure it acted as a catalyst for wider regeneration of the scheme. Located to the rear of Centrale, the cinema design was wrapped in a dynamic new façade that makes use of the depth and typography of the site. The catering was planned to align with the cinema in order to draw customers to the foyer, while revitalised interiors were designed with new roof lights and retail space reconfigured to suit modern occupier needs.

The scheme is now part of the high profile Hammerson and Westfield joint venture and included in the wider Whitgift masterplan.

Cathedral Square

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

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 include a new 20,000 sq ft MSU unit, seven new restaurants, remodelled shops, a gym and food store. The firm has also been instructed to refurbish existing residential units at the scheme as well as to convert existing office space into four new apartments, creating a total of 13 residential units.

The designs also include the creation of a new public square in front of Cathedral Plaza. The square acts as a new focal point for the entire community, answering the need for attractive, functional and centrally located public space to reinforce the city’s burgeoning image as a lifestyle destination.

Leslie Jones has used local materials where possible in the design and liaised closely with local stakeholders to ensure a smooth planning process. A stone-clad ground floor and brickwork at upper levels provides gravitas to the public realm, creating a space in which consumers will extend dwell time with enhanced leisure facilities to not only shop but also dine and socialise. The surrounding vernacular is also complemented through the use of timber detailing and pitched roofs.

Leslie Jones’ detailed understanding of stakeholder’s needs and the team’s creative flair create a sense of place and bring a new identity for the Cathedral Plaza Shopping Centre.

 

Trinity Walk

A major retail-led regeneration scheme, Trinity Walk needed to appeal to Wakefield’s affluent catchment, which was being lost to other regional retail centres, while remaining sensitive to the city’s late-medieval cathedral and historical areas.

A casualty of the recession, this scheme had been stopped whilst in construction. The project partners acquired the part built development, appointing Leslie Jones Architecture to adapt and deliver a scheme that would enable the centre of Wakefield to achieve its potential as one of the UK’s fastest growing commercial cities.

Leslie Jones developed a detailed plan for the 500,000 sq ft site to facilitate the letting of 40 large-format retail units, a modern 96,000 sq ft department store for Debenhams and a 117,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s food store. The sensitive urban design mediates between the old and new of Wakefield, taking into account the adjacent bus station and ring road, to create a new sense of place within the existing city centre.

A modern feel was created through the design of double-height units arranged along broad streets, including the partially-enclosed Main Mall, to frame the showpiece anchor unit at the eastern end. Working at the forefront of retail and leisure design, Leslie Jones was able to build retailers’ requirements into the initial design stages and facilitate discussions with prospective tenants, helping to ensure Trinity Walk was 80 per cent let on opening.

Leslie Jones’ comprehensive understanding of the urban environment and experience in creating new destinations within an existing city framework helped to ensure the scheme’s success despite the difficult trading environment on launch.

The Liberty

In order to maintain The Liberty’s position at the heart of this London community, Cosgrave required the 1960s centre to be extended by 80,000 sq ft, following its refurbishment in 2001.

Leslie Jones Architecture was commissioned to design a scheme that would enclose the Swan Walk, a pedestrian street in Romford that runs between the town’s historic Market Place and The Liberty Shopping Centre, thereby drawing existing and surrounding tenants into a landmark cohesive design.

Keeping retailer requirements front of mind, Leslie Jones provided strategic oversight to the £12.5 million redevelopment plans ensuring retail units fronting Swan Walk, including Debenhams to the east and a former Littlewoods store and kiosks to the west were effortlessly incorporated into the designs.

The scheme also needed to remain sensitive to the surrounding conservation area. Leslie Jones took a hands-on approach, applying decades of regeneration experience to the local context. The team consulted closely with English Heritage and the local authority on all aspects of the design, from the urban plan to details of the elevations and material choices, to ensure a smooth planning process.

The result was a dynamic design to lift the architecture of the area, while complementing the existing cityscape. Swan Walk will be a modern enclosed, two-storey space fronted by newly configured, double-height shop units that will attract aspirational brands to Romford. The space will be defined by its light and bright interior while the existing Debenhams frontage will be reworked to maximise visibility for this major tenant.