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Kingston shopping centre set for huge revamp

Kingston shopping centre set for huge revamp

A 1960s shopping centre in Kingston-upon-Thames is set for a huge transformation, after an ambitious £400 million scheme gained planning permission.

The existing Eden Walk shopping centre has been losing custom in recent years as shoppers have increasingly tended to go elsewhere, such as Guildford, the Westfield centre in Hammersmith of London's West End.

However, all that could be about to change with the scheme devised by joint developers British Land and Universities Superannuation Scheme.

The redeveloped centre will have the same number of shops as before - 28 - but in a more modern and attractive setting, alongside 12 restaurants and new office space of a higher quality than the existing commercial premises. In addition, there will be a cinema above a multi-storey car park and 400 apartments, with the new buildings around the site being up to 16 storeys high. ?
 
Head of development at British Land Richard Wise said: "The proposed redevelopment of Eden Walk is designed to complement the existing retail offer and create a high quality central space for Kingston which will over time, become the heart of the town.

"It will be a place that reflects modern lifestyles, where people can live, shop, work and relax with friends and family."

Leader of Kingston Council Kevin Davis said the local authority is "immensely excited" at seeing the redevelopment more closer to becoming reality.

As well as the longer-term boost to Kingston's economy, the project will help create up to 700 construction jobs, with work scheduled to begin in 2019.

The Kingston project is not the only instance of an outer London town centre planning a major revamp of its shopping centre.

On the opposite side of the metropolis, Ilford is set for a huge redevelopment of the Vicarage Walk shopping centre. The town centre will be transformed with a series of towers containing 900 apartments, while there will be new leisure, entertainment and commercial facilities included as well.

Ilford Council granted planning permission for the scheme in January and the final decision on the project now rests with London mayor Sadiq Khan.

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