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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.