Peel, owner of the Lowry Outlet mall in Salford Quays, has outlined updated plans to transform part of the shopping centre into a waterfront dining offering, nearly two years after similar proposals were first revealed.
Dubbed The Watergardens, the £26m concept designed by architect Chapman Taylor centres on a dining offering fronting the quays, with new public realm to connect the existing Millennium Bridge to the mall.
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.
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.
The latest iteration of the plans are being showcased at a public consultation, set to take place between 1pm and 7pm on Saturday 4 August at the Exhibition Suite, opposite Clarks on the ground floor of the mall.
The professional team also includes WYG as planning consultant, while BECG are coordinating the public consultation.
Jason Pullen, managing director of Lifestyle Outlets said, “The redevelopment will transform the southern waterside of the Lowry Outlet, allowing people to relax and dine with some of the finest waterfront views.
“When the work is complete, the Lowry Outlet will be a unique shopping and leisure destination that will draw people from across the region to Salford Quays and MediaCityUK.”