Tuesday, November 24, 2020

First stage of Belvoir Shopping Centre revitalisation to commence

Gylo, who acquired the Belvoir Shopping Centre in Coalville last year, has announced that following the approval of its planning application earlier this summer, it will now commence the first stage of its revitalisation.

The plans envisage a major improvement to the feel and attractiveness of the public space with the introduction of new green spaces, improvements to the shop fronts, better connections to the car parking and the creation of a new town square where people can relax whilst shopping.

Nick Harcus of Lathdale, the development consultants for Gylo, said: “We will start the the works in the week commencing 19th October and we expect completion by Easter 2021. The operation of the shopping centre will be unaffected while the works take place.

“The new owners acquired the shopping centre with a positive vision for the future and a belief in Coalville as a shopping and leisure destination. The COVID-19 epidemic has not changed that.

“North West Leicestershire District Council shares this vision and this means that a strong private/public partnership is in place which is very good news for the town. We look forward to further initiatives and are working hard to promote the town centre.”

Nick Harcus added: “The investment going into the Belvoir Centre is firmly based on improving shopper experience and convenience. We aim to create a much more attractive environment and attract more footfall which has been improving over recent months despite the coronavirus outbreak.

“These are vital ingredients which will underpin a successful future for the shopping centre and its tenants as well as offering excellent prospects for attracting new retailers and leisure operators.”

Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “This is excellent news for Coalville and another big step towards creating a vastly improved and modern shopping and leisure experience in the town.

“Coalville regeneration is our number one priority and Gylo share our future vision for Coalville. This is exactly the kind of private investment the town needs and we are fully supportive. The shopping centre was trapped in the 1970’s and these changes will bring it into the 21st century and make it more attractive and inviting destination that meets our modern needs.”

Linked to the new approach to the overall regeneration of the shopping centre is the management of the associated car parking. In April this year, ownership of three of the town centre’s car park passed from North West Leicestershire District Council to Gylo.

Gylo has now invested in a new system based on automatic number plate recognition which will be introduced from 26th October. Unlike the previous car parking regime which charged all users on entry, there will be two hours completely free of charge.

Nick Harcus said: “We think that it’s really important to offer a minimum of two hours free parking so that shoppers can visit the shoping centre and wider town centre without having to pay.

“We are applying charges beyond that to cover those that are using the car parks for longer periods and which are not associated with shopping. The payment machines accept cash and cards, or you can pay via the PayByPhone app by downloading it to your smartphone.

“There will be staff on site in the car parks for a minimum of four weeks to help our customers understand how the system works. Those occupiers on High Street that have a rear access will be able to continue to use this without being charged.”

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