Peel and architect Chapman Taylor have lodged a planning application for a major overhaul of the Lowry Outlet Mall which will transform part of the shopping centre into a waterfront dining offering.
The £26m concept, dubbed The Watergardens, will add around 6,300 sq ft of dining space fronting the quays, with new public realm to connect the existing Millennium Bridge to the mall.
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Overall, the Watergardens will include nearly 36,000 sq ft of restaurant space. The public realm will consist of a raised walkway that link through to the Millennium Bridge with each of the restaurants situated along this elevation having open frontages.
There will also be a re-clad of some of the exterior in a similar style to the nearby Alchemist building, while the existing entrance to the Vue Cinema will be fully overhauled with improved public realm.
A consultation was held on the plans in early August, and Peel has wasted no time in submitting a planning application to Salford City Council for consideration.
Peel, through its Lifestyle Outlets arm, previously aired plans to spend £13m on upgrading the mall and installing a waterside restaurant terrace in September 2016, but these never progressed. Peel acquired the Lowry Outlet from Emerson for £70m in August 2012.
Chapman Taylor said it had been instructed to review these initial designs, including making the development “more outward-facing and to take full advantage of its prominent, south-facing location on the Manchester Ship Canal”.
“Prompted by current office and residential developments, along with public transport infrastructure improvements in the area, Peel Outlets has decided to proceed with a number of these recommendations, including new leisure provision and the restructuring of the southern walkway, entrance steps and associated landscape works,” said the architect.
The outlet’s dining options currently include a Harvester, Café Rouge, Bella Italia, and a Nando’s.
Since buying the centre, Peel has already reconfigured parts of the 300,000 sq ft building, with Marks & Spencer relocating two years ago to free up waterfront-facing retail units. The developer also spent around £3.5m on new shop fronts.
Alongside Chapman Taylor, the professional team features planner WYG; principal designer Safersphere; retail consultant JLL; cost manager Deacon + Jones; consultant BECG; landscape architect Gillespies; and M&E consultant RPS.
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