Work is well underway on the £135m extension to Fosse shopping park in Enderby, where contractors have cleared the way for development of the adjacent Castle Acres site, formerly the home of Everard’s brewery.
The site has been fenced off with a dark blue wooden screen but observation windows have been placed at points around its length. The image (above) shows an artists impression of how the new NEXT store might look.
Next’s aspiration is to consolidate its two Fosse Shopping Park stores – Next and Next Home – onto the vacated brewery site to create a new landmark 90,000 sq ft store over three storeys.
The demolition of the former Everards Brewery, due to be completed by the end of May, will have prepared the ground for the new Fosse extension, creating space for 9 additional shops and 6 more food outlets.
Everard’s, the local independent family business founded in 1849, have re-located across the Soar Valley Way to a new development called ‘Everards Meadows’ which will be an exciting new food, drink and leisure development next to the expanding Fosse Retail Park. Work began in April and should be complete by late 2019.
The Crown Estate announced it was purchasing Castle Acres through the Fosse Partnership in October 2017, with retailers including Next, Debenhams, TK Maxx and Clarks already signed up to take space in the new development.
Michael Bell, Senior Asset Manager at The Crown Estate, said: “This is the beginning of a really exciting journey for Fosse. The development of Castle Acres will create a fantastic new retail offer for our customers and further enhance Fosse’s position as one of the UK’s best loved retail destinations. We are delighted to get started on site, and look forward to working closely with our local partners as the scheme progresses.”
New pedestrian link
As part of the proposed development, Crown Estates have now also submitted the planning application for the pedestrian link which will connect the new development to the existing centre, as well as plans to redevelop the food court, which they hope will provide a much-improved environment for both retailers and shoppers.
If the application is approved it will likely require the temporary closure of the food court with a temporary food and beverage offer being provided elsewhere at Fosse Park to ensure shoppers continue to have access to food and beverage facilities.
Discussions are currently being held with the current retailers and centre staff about how they may be impacted.
The new development provides parking for over 850 cars, including 30 dedicated wheelchair bays and 12 parent/child spaces.
Access for shoppers will be from Grove Way in the south-east corner of the site, providing easy access to Soar Valley Way.
Deliveries will access the stores via a redesigned access route and service yard on Everard Way.
In the last year, the Fosse Partnership has invested £12.7m in the existing scheme to enhance the retail offer and experience for retailers and their customers, with five new retailers – Office, Pandora, Primark, Superdrug and JD Sports – joining the impressive line-up.