Churchgate Shopping Centre
The Simons Group
330,000 sq ft
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Following a recent OJEU competition, we have been commissioned to regenerate the former Churchgate Shopping Centre and central area carparks. The masterplan incorporates a new quadrangle court that encloses the dramatic St. Mary’s Church with new retail areas and a market piazza that make use of the River Hiz, the existing terraces and the attractive churchyard. The new piazza provides a focal point for the town which can be used for speciality markets and other events.
The design references Hitchin’s classical architectural and combines these with a contemporary formal layout. The scheme comprises an anchor store, large store formats and a selection of mid-range stores for retailers new to Hitchin. A 600 space carpark, restaurants and cafés, together with approximately 60 apartments and townhouses support ‘town centre living’. The scheme is designed to fit seamlessly into this historic market town.