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Perfect Fit Media has been given the green light for its first five digital-out-of-home (DOOH) large-format media sites on major traffic routes within TraffordCity.
As part of its exclusive license with Trafford Council, the five new sequential without motion digital media “mega” sites are located on premium highway sites, including the roundabouts approaching intu Trafford Centre. They will deliver almost one million impressions a week to a prime retail audience (more than 40 million impressions a year).
Perfect Fit Media’s new digital-out-of-home media sites will be located as follows:
- Two large-scale landscape sequential without motion media sites (14m wide by 3.5m high) will occupy the Bridgewater Circle approaching intu Trafford Centre.
- Two large-scale portrait sequential without motion media sites (5m wide by 7.5m high) will occupy the Bright Circle roundabout approaching intu Trafford Centre.
- One large-scale landscape sequential without motion media site (6m wide by 3m high) will occupy the Junction 9 approach to intu Trafford Centre.
Part of Peel Land and Property, Perfect Fit Media, secured the exclusive contract from Trafford Council, as part of its license to maintain the area’s landscaping. It followed an existing license which included various advertising and sponsorship sites within the area. Under the new license, which is secured for a 21 year period, Perfect Fit Media has exclusivity within TraffordCity’s boundaries and has plans to develop further new creative media sites throughout the TraffordCity location.
Matthew Carroll, Business Development and Operations Director at Perfect Fit Media, said: "These first five digital-out-of-home media mega sites will be the latest in digital equipment and demonstrate the rapid evolution of advertising technology.
“We’ve worked closely with the council for many years to maintain the landscaping areas surrounding intu Trafford Centre. Our additional long-term agreement gives Perfect Fit Media the opportunity to further enhance their creativity, managing the landscaping and media sites within TraffordCity.”
Diane Rhodes, Sales and Development Director for Perfect Fit Media said: "As owner operators at Perfect Fit Media, we’re in a unique position which gives us an in-depth understanding of our audiences. We’re able to add value and enhance the sense of place with intelligent advertising which matches specific brands to the correct demographically aligned audiences.
“We’ll continue to work closely with the council to develop relevant and exciting high impact iconic media sites using the latest digital technology, creating fantastic opportunities for brands, retailers and products to be seen within the dynamic North West environment.”
The new digital-out-of-home media mega sites in TraffordCity complement the existing sites within intu Trafford Centre where Perfect Fit Media has just introduced 13 new high quality large format full motion media screens in high footfall entrance ways.
The TraffordCity destination attracts over 44 million visitors every year with its world-class leisure, entertainment and retail facilities.
TraffordCity is the destination brand name for the area around intu Trafford Centre comprising 3.5 million square feet of retail, leisure and office space, and home to many of the region’s top attractions including Chill Factore, Trafford Golf Centre and the second largest event venue outside of London, EventCity, plus 282 hotel bedrooms and in excess of 150 acres of future development land.
Video showing new digital sites can be viewed at www.perfectfitmedia.co.uk
Two of Manchester’s historic landmarks, the Barton Aqueduct and City Airport, formerly known as Barton Aerodrome, have been awarded Transport Heritage Site plaques for their national contributions to transport and engineering.
Both owned by The Peel Group, City Airport and Barton Aqueduct have been honoured with the renowned ‘Red Wheel’ plaques, issued by the Transport Trust, the charity that works to recognise the unique transport heritage of the country.
The plaques have been awarded based on the important contributions both sites have made to transport and engineering in the local area and nationally, with both holding firsts in their fields.
The Barton Aqueduct, first built by James Brindley in 1761 and rebuilt in 1893 by Edward Leader Williams, was modified from a masonry structure to its current swing construction to accommodate seafaring ships using the Manchester Ship Canal. Upon its opening – and to this day – it was the first, and only, swing aqueduct in the world, and is still used today by narrowboats traversing the Bridgewater Canal.
Peter Parkinson, the Bridgewater Canal General Manager, said: “It’s fantastic to receive this recognition for the famous Barton Aqueduct Swing Bridge. The aqueduct is a historic and unique engineering marvel which carries the Bridgewater Canal across the Manchester Ship Canal. We hope that the Red Wheel plaque will encourage more people to visit the aqueduct and see this fascinating piece of Manchester’s history in the making.”
The Barton Aerodrome, now known as City Airport, was Britain’s first municipal airport. It opened in 1930, predating Manchester Ringway (now Manchester Airport) by eight years, and has the oldest continually used control tower in the UK, in operation since 1932.
Nick Duriez, Airport Director at City Airport, said: “We’re honoured that City Airport’s unique heritage has been recognised by the Transport Trust with the award of a Red Wheel. As a small airfield, it is a great tribute that our part in transforming municipal air travel is recognised. We’re also pleased to see our control tower receive the award of the oldest continually used control tower in the UK. These accolades, I’m sure, will put City Airport on the map for those interested in air history”.
The ‘Red Wheel’ plaques were unveiled by Sir William McAlpine, President of The Transport Trust, who said: “Our Red Wheel plaques commemorate Britain's rich and globally important legacy in the development of transport and highlight key locations of engineering and transport importance. Both Barton Aqueduct and City Airport (Barton Aerodrome) are hugely significant in Britain’s history of transport and we’re delighted to award these plaques for current and future generations to see.”
Video showing Barton Aqueduct Swing Bridge in action: www.traffordcity.co.uk/whatshere/thebridgewatercanal
Plans have been revealed for the development of Lifestyle Outlet’s Lowry Outlet MediaCityUK Manchester site following the announcement that Peel Outlets has rebranded as Lifestyle Outlets.
Plans reveal a £13 million investment into a redevelopment of Lowry Outlet’s infrastructure. The first phase includes the creation of a stunning waterside restaurant terrace with a new upper level balcony along the waterfront and new restaurants along the waterside. A new impressive entrance and steps will be created from the entrance of the outlet to access Manchester’s new waterfront.
Inside the centre, new escalators will provide a direct link to the cinema and new expanded leisure area with more family entertainment planned. A full redesign of the existing food hall is planned, as well as a full centre refurbishment with new ceilings, furniture, escalators and improved lighting throughout.
All new and existing shops are getting new shop frontages, which include fully glazed floor to ceiling windows and illuminated signage. This can already be seen on newly launched stores M&S Outlet, ToyTown, H Samuel Outlet and Bench.
Outside the centre, further landscaping will be carried out to improve the tree-lined walkway and areas around the outlet to enhance the setting and experience.
Phase one, which is already underway, will also bring in new anchor tenants, which will add to the retail experience of Lowry Outlet.
Jason Pullen, Managing Director of Lifestyle Outlets, comments: “It is Lifestyle Outlets’ passion for creating vibrant destinations, which inspired us to create, what will be, a truly stunning waterfront dining terrace with views over the Manchester ship canal, Old Trafford and the Manchester skyline.
“Historically the centre has turned its back on the water and we want to reverse that. We want to increase movement around the outlet. With our phase one plans, we’re working in conjunction with the wider MediaCityUK site creating a vibrant destination, already home to BBC, ITV and more, with digital creativity and leisure at its heart.”
Pullen continued: “We already have a fantastic range of brands at Lowry Outlet including Next, Gap and Clarks, plus the new-look M&S Outlet, Bench and H Samuel adding to the mix and many more top brands in the pipeline. This is an exciting time for the outlet.”
Lifestyle Outlets rebranded in September 2016 as part of a wider strategy to redefine outlet shopping and, in doing so, challenge the soullessness of traditional centres to create a better generation of outlet destinations.
Pullen added: “Shopping has become a major leisure activity and people expect more from a centre than just background music. They want an experience. That’s why great brands and entertainment are an integral part of our appeal.
“To encourage more frequent visits, attract new audiences and cement our position as part of the local community and wider region, we host major events like our summer Food Festivals and Christmas Markets, whilst our monthly artisan food and craft markets maintain activity and interest throughout the year.
“Our innovative approach means our retail schemes are twice the size of traditional outlets, with leisure and food and beverage added to the outlet core.”
Lifestyle Outlets, which operates another site in Gloucester and is developing a new site in Glasgow, offers a place to meet, relax, enjoy and feel a part of. Customers can expect to find quality outlet retailers, including high street names and designer labels offering up to 70% off; cosmopolitan restaurants, bars and coffee shops, state-of-the-art cinemas, gyms, hotels, regular artisan food and craft markets and large-scale seasonal events.
Lifestyle Outlets collaborates with its brands to give customers a quality retail experience. Just some of the brands that can be found at Lifestyle Outlets Manchester, Lowry Outlet include M&S Outlet, Bench, Next, Gap Outlet, Clarks Outlet, The Body Shop, VUE Cinema, Virgin Active, Bella Italia, Nando’s and Pizza Express.
Peel Land and Property’s iconic Venus building in Manchester’s Traffordcity has been officially recognised as one of the best office developments in the country for its broadband and telecom infrastructure after achieving the prestigious Wired Certified Gold rating.
Venus, situated opposite intu Trafford Centre, achieved this prestigious Wired Certified rating through the international digital connectivity rating scheme run by WiredScore which was recently launched in Manchester, following its success in London, to recognise and encourage best practice in technological infrastructure across the city’s commercial developments.
The Wired Certification provides developers and landlords with a trusted mark, to help them understand what necessary investments are needed to achieve and enable them to demonstrate, best-in-class connectivity infrastructure.
This independent benchmark also provides greater transparency for occupiers to help them make an informed decision before signing a lease.
The eight-storey, 91,000 sq ft building, opposite intu Trafford Centre opened in March 2004 and is home to Travel Counsellors, Spie, Reckitts Benckiser and Capita. It was awarded a Wired Certified Gold rating for providing three unique sources of fibre as well as a fixed wireless provider ensuring high speed and reliable internet access for its occupiers. In addition to this, the building has two diverse communication intakes on the north and south sides of the building. There is also the capacity to accommodate additional service providers.
Paul Chappels, Senior Asset Manager for Peel Land and Property said: “Our tenants need and expect fast, reliable and affordable internet connections and our Wired Certified Gold achievement is recognition that we can deliver that to the successful companies based at Venus.
“As one of the first buildings to be Wired Certified in Manchester, as a developer we’ve pioneered technological infrastructure and connectivity in Venus which we will continue to replicate in future commercial developments in the city and beyond.”
William Newton, EMEA Director, WiredScore, said:
“Peel have demonstrated themselves to be digital leaders in Manchester’s property community and have been an important partner as we’ve expanded in this Northern Powerhouse. The important investment in the Venus building’s connectivity infrastructure has provided a beacon of good practice to landlords in this digital and tech hub.
“Peel are not only making investments which prioritise the digital needs of their occupiers today, but are key players in future-proofing Manchester’s property for the technology needs of the modern business.”
Plans to bring an exciting new community to Greater Manchester have been given the green light by Trafford Council which is expected to create 5,000 jobs and bring 3,000 new homes, local amenities, over 100,000 sqft of commercial space and a new primary school to Trafford.
Over the next 20 years, the £1 billion investment by Peel Land and Property will create Trafford Waters - a vibrant, new neighbourhood, which will be situated on 50 acres of land along the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal within Traffordcity, home of intu Trafford Centre and other major regional attractions.
This sustainable development will significantly contribute to the local housing needs of a growing population and will include family homes, as well as a new primary school and health and community facilities, to support its new residents.
Reflecting the model of other successful mixed-use waterfront developments by Peel, such as MediaCityUK, there will be 16 acres of high quality, open landscaped space which is the equivalent of 11 football pitches. This will include four multi-use games areas and children’s play parks for the community to enjoy. This area will be activated by ground floor, small-scale shops as well as food and drink outlets.
James Whittaker, Peel Land and Property’s Group Development Director, said: “Trafford Waters will bring a unique neighbourhood to Greater Manchester, which will not only provide much-needed residential housing but also office space which will help unlock business and employment opportunities.
“The development will be sustainable and feature cycleways, plenty of landscaped, green spaces and waterways, making it a really attractive place to live, work and play. It will be a high quality development that will feature everything families would expect an established urban community to have and we’re very excited to be bringing this to the people of Trafford.”
Cllr Sean Anstee, Leader of Trafford Council added: “Trafford Waters has all of the characteristics to be a model for urban regeneration and the creation of a high quality place that people choose to live and work. This sustainable development will bring significant investment into Trafford alongside a further boost for our local economy, already the most resilient in the North West.
“That the application has been granted on the very day final approval has been received to commence construction of the Metrolink Trafford Park line, simply goes to show that where we have a plan for major development, the necessary improvements to public transport and roads alongside new schools and green spaces can be a reality.”
Peel has directly committed to spending £30 million towards the new extended A57 road into Traffordcity at junction 10 of the M60, which includes a new lifting bridge link crossing the Manchester Ship Canal adjacent to Barton Bridge. This new link bridge and road is due to be completed next year, which will further enhance its accessibility.
Peel’s Trafford Waters project team include: NJL Consulting, the IBI Group, Gillespies, The Traffic Transport and Highway Consultancy, BWB Consulting and The Remarkable Group.
Manchester Giants has become the first professional sports club to join the TRAFFORDCITY member group of attractions.
With less than a week to go until the start of the new British Basketball League season, the Giants have been busy off-the-court building relationships with the plethora of businesses and attractions in the local area.
TRAFFORDCITY is the destination brand name for the area encompassing intu Trafford Centre and the surrounding 3.5 million square feet of retail, leisure and office space, which includes the home of the Giants at the Lucozade Powerleague Sportsdome.
Glasgow Rocks are the first team to visit TRAFFORDCITY for a full BBL season game on Sunday, September 25 (5pm tip).
Giants Business Manager, James Gordon, said: “The TRAFFORDCITY area is full of fantastic brands and locations, of which we are proud to be part of.
“Engaging with all of these brands and also the people and employees of all the businesses in the region is crucial for the growth of Manchester Giants and us continuing to impact on the local community.
“We have a fantastic opportunity to grow the club and become stronger on and off the court, and every partnership we are able to forge, particularly local, helps us on that journey.”
James was part of the latest TRAFFORDCITY forum, which was held recently at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Kate Holland, from The Peel Group who manages the TRAFFORDCITY marketing group said: “We’re delighted to welcome the Manchester Giants to our group of TRAFFORDCITY member brands. TRAFFORDCITY is continuing to evolve as a destination and it will gain further strength through forging partnerships such as these with Manchester Giants.”
Peel Land and Property, has announced a major new investment with exciting plans to restore the historic Hulton Park Estate in Bolton.
Peel’s initial proposals include the restoration of Hulton Park through the creation of a championship golf course and resort that will be capable of hosting major tournaments. The project is designed with the specific objective of delivering the largest and most prestigious of golf events and tournaments.
In addition to the golf course and clubhouse, the proposals include a golf training academy, a new hotel on the site of the former Hulton Hall, the restoration of lost gardens, lakes and pleasure grounds, a community trail and new homes.
The plans will deliver significant local benefits to Bolton and Greater Manchester, including the restoration of a degraded heritage park, a major boost to tourism and sport, new jobs, skills and education opportunities. In addition, there will be new homes to help meet local housing needs, and a range of health and wellbeing benefits.
A new ‘Hulton Trail’ is being proposed as part of this major investment to improve community access.
Peel will be holding consultation events for local residents over the coming months to hear their views and seek feedback on the initial proposals. Residents can keep updated by visiting this website and signing up to the mailing list for regular updates, on our contact page.
Richard Knight, Planning Director at Peel said; “We are very excited to be announcing our proposals for Hulton Park today and look forward to working with local residents and stakeholders to create an enduring legacy for Bolton in which heritage, recreation and sport work together to provide the Park with an exciting future.”
“We are keen to hear the views of local residents and will shortly be hosting a number of consultation events to gather feedback and maximise positive outcomes for the local area, from now, through construction and over the long term after the development has taken place.”
Cllr Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council said, “The proposals being brought forward by Peel would be a significant investment into Bolton with thousands of jobs for local people. The plans also present a fantastic opportunity to discuss possible solutions to some of the challenges facing surrounding communities that we are keen to explore, largely around infrastructure. I believe that it would firmly place Bolton on the map as a destination for sporting excellence and I look forward to seeing how the plans progress.”
For more information please visit www.hultonpark.co.uk
Peel Logistics today announced that the Directors of Evander Properties (Evander), Jeremy Greenland and Neil Dickinson, will become shareholders and assume senior leadership positions within Peel Logistics. Peel Logistics will benefit from Jeremy and Neil’s long experience in developing and managing logistics property across the UK, as well as their extensive occupier and investor relationships.
With the addition of Evander’s existing projects to the Peel Logistics platform, the combined business will be ideally placed to fulfil its ambition of becoming a leading national logistics property business, providing best-in-class solutions for occupiers and institutional investors.
Jeremy Greenland has more than 22 years of experience in the UK logistics sector. Prior to founding Evander in 2007, Jeremy worked at ProLogis, Astral Developments and JLL. He was joined at Evander by former ProLogis colleague, Neil Dickinson, in 2008. Since inception, Evander has undertaken over 4.7 million square feet (sq ft) of logistics development with a GDV in excess of £360 million on behalf of institutional investors.
Jeremy Greenland said: “Neil and I have built a successful business by taking a selective approach to development opportunities and maintaining a clear focus on the occupier proposition. We are excited about the opportunity to combine our relationships and development skills with those of Peel Logistics.”
Evander’s existing institutional clients include L&G, M&G, AVIVA, BA Pension Fund and Rockspring with speculative and bespoke solutions being delivered for occupiers including John Lewis, Waitrose, ASOS.com and Debenhams.
Peel Logistics was launched in July 2015 as a joint venture between Peel Land and Property Group and Macquarie Capital. Peel Logistics is seeded with capital from Peel and Macquarie and to date has focused on exploiting opportunities sourced from its privileged access to Peel’s strategic land bank.
In 2016 Peel Logistics completed its first two projects; a 280,000 sq ft warehouse let to Great Bear (formerly Culina) at Port Salford and a 175,000 sq ft speculative development at Liverpool International Business Park.
In addition to becoming co-investing shareholders in Peel Logistics, Jeremy Greenland has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and Neil Dickinson has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. Jeremy and Neil will be responsible for the growth of Peel Logistics including the integration of Evander and Peel Logistics’ current projects and sourcing new acquisition opportunities in key UK logistics markets. They will work alongside Peel Logistics’ existing Development Director, Matt Fitton.
Peel Logistics operates nationwide with projects across major logistics markets, including the Midlands, South-East, North-West and Yorkshire. Peel Logistics plans to grow via the acquisition of targeted strategic land sites, development opportunities and income producing opportunities. Third party institutional capital will be sought to support this growth strategy.
Steven Underwood, Chief Executive of the Peel Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Evander team is joining forces with Peel Logistics. Jeremy and Neil bring a tremendous amount of credibility and a track record that will enhance our ability to grow the business, exploiting opportunities across Peel’s existing extensive pipeline of logistics sites and via the acquisition and development of high quality logistics space across the UK.”
Jonathan Harris, Macquarie Capital Head of European Real Estate, said: “We continue to see deep demand from global institutional investors for UK logistics real estate. The combination of a management owned platform, highly experienced leadership, first-class development capability and the support of Peel and Macquarie should be an attractive proposition for a range of investors.”
Straiton Retail Park, owned and managed by the Peel Group, has reported an 11.6 % increase in footfall during the opening week of Scotland’s largest Next store.
With eighty thousand square feet of floorspace, the store, which opened its doors on 25 July, is not only the largest to open in Scotland but also one of the largest in the UK.
The week-on-week footfall for the store’s opening week at the retail park was up by 11.6%, with the opening weekend (Saturday 30 and Sunday 31) seeing an increase of 15% footfall combined. The new store signifies the third expansion for Next at Straiton Retail Park, with Peel and Next working collaboratively in delivering each phase of development and growth.
Mark Whittaker, Group Property Director at Peel Land and Property, said: “These strong early footfall statistics are further evidence of the growing demand for out-of-town retailing and this new flagship Next store is perfectly placed to capitalise on that. The success is testament to the rapid progression at Straiton, which was recently ranked a Top 20 UK Retail Park by Property Week, the added attraction of the Next product offering has further widened the appeal of the park, already attracting in excess of 6 million visitors per annum.”
The new flagship store has created 110 jobs for the local area and offers customers an extensive product range of womenswear, menswear, home and children’s clothing, plus a click and collect service. A newly created second floor within the existing unit has doubled its size, allowing not only Next to open in the space but also Costa Coffee and stationer Paperchase. The jeweller, Beaverbrooks has also opened its first ever UK concession within the store.
Dominic O’Rourke, Group Property Director for Next, said: “We’re committed to giving all of our customers the best shopping experience that we can offer and this new store will bring the very best of our offering to Scotland. It’s also the first Next store to have a Costa, a Beaverbrooks and a Paperchase concession all under one roof. The fantastic opening week figures prove this is a store set for success.”
Next at Straiton Retail Park is open Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 7:30pm and Sunday 9am to 7pm.
The opening of Next follows the additions of Outfit, Nike, Matalan, Sofaworks and Nandos to the ever strengthening retailer line up at Straiton.
Speaking on the ongoing success of Straiton Retail Park, Retail Asset & Development Manager at Peel, Kevin Keigher, added: “Benefiting from its strategic central position on the City of Edinburgh bypass, with retailers reporting exceptional like-for-like sales growth, we feel Straiton is perfectly placed to position itself firmly in the upper tier of the UK retail hierarchy, bringing significant economic benefits to the wider Edinburgh area. We will now continue the exceptional momentum we have generated and focus on bringing more exciting retail and leisure providers to the park, developing our unbuilt planning consent and delivering against our business plan.”
With most of us being treated to three days off work this coming bank holiday weekend, why not make the most of it and head to the new Lowry Outlet Makers Market from Saturday 27th August – Monday 29th August 2016.
Lowry Outlet, MediaCityUK, is collaborating with The Makers Market to bring its shoppers an array of quality artisan foods, drinks and award-winning craftsmen to its open-air Plaza area, with the first ever event launching on the bank holiday weekend; following that Lowry Outlet Makers Market will run on the final weekend of every month.
Families can make a day of it, couples can indulge and friends can catch up over a cup of craft coffee or a traditional real ale. As well as showcasing award-winning local food, drink, art and craft producers, there will also be live music, performance, cookery demonstrations and activities for children too.
This bank holiday weekend, Lowry Outlet Makers Market will host 107 different stalls across the three-day launch – with stall holders changing each day, meaning there is something new to come and see. Whether it’s something for dinner, a unique gift for someone special or stocking up on those everyday essentials, Lowry Outlet Makers Market is a wonderful day out for the whole family. During the launch weekend, shoppers can browse award-winning cheeses and pies, locally brewed ales, doorstop sized brownies, posh tarts, rustic breads, vegan treats, spicy sauces, locally produced jams and chutneys and salt and spice gins. Discover vintage trinkets and handmade crafts, plus Urban Photography from Ben Sedman, potted plants by the talented couple behind Shrubbies and retro and music lead art by Salford artist, The No.71 Legends Room.
Local musicians performing, include, Trafford based, Loose Change Buskers, who have raised a staggering £285k for Cancer Research UK. An incredible group of musicians, who have performed nearly every weekend, for the last five years, to raise money. They perform a lively set of classic tracks from Brown Eyed Girl to Country Road.
Victoria Jackson, Event Director of The Makers Market, said 'We are thrilled to be working with Lowry Outlet on this event. It is a privilege to bring together a fabulous mix of artisans and food talent, which complements the Lowry Outlet’s current offerings. And with the great music performers joining us, our launch weekend is set to be a great weekend. We will be showcasing handpicked producers and arts and crafts, with tantalising products designed to inspire.”
Kelly Hurst, Centre Manger at Lowry Outlet said “We are excited to be joining forces with The Makers Markets – the new monthly markets will be a welcome addition and complement the shops, restaurants and entertainment on offer at the Lowry Outlet. The Makers Market has some fantastic stalls to bring to, what is already, a vibrant destination at MediaCityUK – enhancing the shopping experience and making it a great day out for everyone.”
Lowry Outlet has an extensive collection of high street and designer labels at up to 70% off, across the Outlet’s 80 stores and restaurants. Launching this August is the new M&S Outlet, joining Next Outlet, Clarks Outlet, Gap Outlet and many more. And after a long day shopping, head to Lowry Outlet’s Vue Cinema and catch the latest film, or enjoy dinner out at one of the restaurants, including Lime, Pizza Express, Bella Italia and Nando’s. Lowry Outlet is Manchester’s only outlet shopping centre, located in the heart of MediaCityUK, Manchester’s stunning waterfront destination.
The Makers Market is an established artisan market, which brings together the finest and often award-wining food, drink, art and craft producers in the area; with weekly events across Cheshire, Manchester and North Wales. Lowry Outlet Makers Market will run 10am-7pm on Saturday 27th August, 11am-5pm on Sunday 28th August and 11am-6pm on Monday 29th August.
For more information visit www.lowryoutlet.co.uk
There will be all the thrills and spills of a seaside-style sporting extravaganza when Gloucester Rugby Beach Weekender returns to Gloucester Quays Outlet this August Bank Holiday Weekend.
Tons of sand are being brought to Gloucester Quays to create not one but two special beaches at Orchard Square for this fantastic family event.
Even though Gloucester may be the UK’s most inland port, there will be plenty of sand and seaside fun at the dockside location for everyone to enjoy.
Gloucester Quays is teaming up with Gloucester Rugby for the Beach Weekender which takes place from Saturday, August 27 to Bank Holiday Monday August 29. It will be open from 10am to 9pm on Saturday, 10am to 8pm on Sunday and 10am to 6pm on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Beach Weekender will feature a thrilling Beach Rugby 7s on the main beach as well as cricket and football games and coaching and a host of activities to keep children and adults entertained.
There will be a unique chance to meet the star Gloucester Rugby players on the afternoon of Sunday August 28 on the beach and an opportunity to get photos and autographs with Gloucester’s sporting legends.
Mike Turner, Commercial Director at Gloucester Rugby, said: “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Gloucester Quays once again for our second Rugby Beach Weekender, which promises to be even bigger and better than last year. The event has such a great family atmosphere and the players are all on top form and full of enthusiasm as we move into this exciting new season.”
Now in its second year, Gloucester Rugby Beach Weekender will also feature a second family beach in Orchard Square where young and old can chill out, complete with deckchairs, traditional Punch and Judy, face painting and much more.
There will also be a beach BBQ, live music from bands including Stripped Bare, Durandau Ballet, The Hush and Deja Vudoo, various DJs, the Best of Gloucestershire Market, together with delicious local food and drink.
Gloucester Quays centre manager Matt Bird said: “We are delighted to team up with Gloucester Rugby once again for what I am sure is going to be a wonderful fun-filled Bank Holiday Weekend for all the family.
“Gloucester Rugby is of course at the heart of our city and I’m sure many people will be eager to demonstrate their sporting skills as well as learning some new ones and meet their sporting heroes.
“Gloucester Rugby Beach Weekender is going to be a terrific community event and we are expecting a great many visitors to head for the beach at Gloucester Quays.
“It will also provide an opportunity for visitors to see the fantastic brands we have here at Gloucester Quays with up to 70 per cent discount prices as well as enjoy our vibrant and rapidly expanding leisure quarter.”
Games will take place on the specially created lawn at Pillar and Lucy Square.
For more information about the Gloucester Rugby Beach Weekender visit www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk/beachweekender
Global lifestyle brand Bench is to open a new outlet store in Lowry Outlet, located at Manchester’s MediaCityUK.
Well known around the world for its stylish yet functional lifestyle clothing for men, women and kids, Bench will be Lowry Outlets’ latest store joining M&S, Next, Clarks, Gap and many others at the waterfront shopping and leisure complex. Bench has taken a new long term lease on a 221.9 sq. m (2,389 sq. ft.) unit and will stock clothing and accessories for men, women and kids all at outlet prices of up to 70% off high street prices.
The new store will benefit from Lowry Outlets’ wider offering, including quality restaurants, bars and cafes, an on-site Vue cinema, plus a newly enlarged Virgin Active Gym which adds to the leisure mix.
Jason Pullen, Managing Director of Peel Outlets, said: “Bench is a global lifestyle brand well known for its stylish yet functional clothing and is a very welcome addition to our retail and fashion offer at Lowry Outlet.”
Adrian Wright, Peel Outlets Leasing Director, said: “Lowry Outlet is creating a major lifestyle and leisure experience and the iconic brand of Bench in this new store will add additional vibrancy to the centre. Occupier interest in Lowry Outlet has been strong as we set out to create an offer that expands the centre and, extends its appeal into fashion, whilst complemented as a growing destination for food and film.”
Lowry Outlet is owned by The Peel Group. The centre currently comprises of over 70 leading retail brands offering up to 70% off recommended retail prices.
Peel Logistics has completed the first speculative development of its portfolio at Liverpool International Business Park. L175, the 175,000 sq. ft. industrial and logistics facility reached practical completion in August and is now available for occupation.
L175 is the largest speculative development for a decade in Liverpool and represents a significant investment by Peel Logistics.
Located adjacent to Liverpool Airport and close to Liverpool 2, L175 is also the only Grade A unit in excess of 100,000 sq ft within a 10 mile radius of Jaguar Land Rover providing significant cost savings for JLR supply chain businesses wishing to relocate to Liverpool International Business Park.
Matt Fitton, Development Director of Peel Logistics said “The completion of L175 within budget and on schedule is another significant milestone for Peel Logistics as it continues to build a reputation as a developer of high quality warehousing facilities.”
He continues, “The speculative development is particularly attractive to the automotive sector with Jaguar Land Rover situated just 5 minutes away at Halewood. The opening of Liverpool 2 in the near future provides a catalyst for increased warehousing demand in the region and makes L175 an excellent opportunity for occupiers seeking to expand or build a new presence in the North West.”
The building was constructed by Eric Wright Group and designed by AEW Architects. Managing Director of AEW, Steve Burne commented, “We have worked with the supply chain and the www.peellogistics.co.uk construction team to create a functional logistics facility meeting institutional standards with the flexibility to accommodate potential occupier requirements.”
Marks & Spencer opens its latest Outlet store this week at Lowry Outlet, located in MediaCityUK, Manchester.
The new 1,394 sq m (15,000 sq ft) store opens on Thursday 18 August, stocking a range of M&S products across Womenswear & Lingerie, Menswear and Kids and offering customers between 30% and 50% discount off high street prices. It replaces the existing M&S Outlet store at Lowry Outlet.
Rob Morray, Head of Property Planning at Marks & Spencer, said: “In addition to opening new stores we’re always thinking about how we can improve our existing store estate for our customers. Our new store will ensure we continue to bring the very best of our outlet offering to Lowry Outlet”.
M&S Outlet will be Lowry Outlet’s largest store serving customers alongside Next Outlet, Clarks, Gap Outlet and many more. The new store will sit alongside the outlet’s wider offering, including restaurants, bars and cafes, an on-site Vue cinema and a newly enlarged Virgin Active Gym which adds to the leisure mix.
Adrian Wright, Peel Outlets Leasing Director, said: “We welcome Marks & Spencer’s latest UK store to Lowry Outlet, anticipating strong customer demand well ahead of the Christmas rush.
“The iconic brand of Marks and Spencer in this new store brings additional vibrancy to the centre as well as demonstrating strong occupier interest in Lowry Outlet. We continue to create a major lifestyle and leisure experience that expands the centre and, extends its appeal into fashion, whilst complemented as a growing destination for food and film.”
Jason Pullen, Managing Director of Peel Outlets, said: “Lowry Outlet is on the radar of retail and leisure/lifestyle operators thanks to both regional dominance and rising footfall. This is a centre which offers a unique customer shopping experience and the important addition of this new Marks & Spencer store will further enhance that.”
Lowry Outlet, the waterside shopping and leisure complex located in the heart of MediaCityUK, Manchester, is home to more than 80 stores, restaurants and cafes, as well as a multi-screen cinema and on-site Virgin Active Gym.