Intu has signed up budget fashion retailer Primark as the anchor tenant within its £74m transformation and expansion of the Trafford Centre’s Barton Square.
The work on Barton Square incorporates the unit previously occupied by BHS Home, as well as an additional 110,000 sq ft of retail space, a new glass-domed roof and a redesigned interior.
Primark is set to open in 2019 within BHS’s former space, as the work on Barton Square completes. Other brands already in place there include Sea Life Manchester, Legoland Discovery Centre and Next Home.
Colin Flinn, regional managing director for Intu, said: “This is a significant milestone for intu Trafford Centre that will enable us to reposition and redevelop an important part of the centre so that we can create even better customer experiences and more opportunities for retailers to flourish.
“Intu Trafford Centre is already one of the UK’s prime retail and leisure destinations and known around the world for its unique design and architecture which was celebrated in a BBC Radio 4 arts documentary earlier this year. The work we are planning at Barton Square will attract more visitors for longer by expanding the centre’s retail and leisure mix and creating a new space befitting this architecturally-rich building.”
Work is due to start on site during the first half of next year. Cushman & Wakefield acted for Intu and Lambert Smith Hampton acted for Primark.