Harlequin Shopping Centre

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Harlequin Shopping Centre
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Location Watford, UK
Coordinates 51°39′19″N 0°23′39″W / 51.65528°N 0.39417°W / 51.65528; -0.39417Coordinates: 51°39′19″N 0°23′39″W / 51.65528°N 0.39417°W / 51.65528; -0.39417
Opening date June 1992
Developer Intu Properties
Management Michael Stevens
Owner (93%) Intu Properties, (7%) Watford Borough Council
Architect Chapman Taylor Partners[1]
No. of stores and services Over 145
Total retail floor area 67,500 m2 (727,000 sq ft)
No. of floors 7 (inc. Parking)
Parking 2050 + 3000 (Watford Council) in Watford
Website www.intu.co.uk/watford

The Harlequin Shopping Centre, currently known as as Intu Watford, is a shopping centre in the middle of Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. It opened in 1992.[citation needed]

The building is glass roofed with symmetrical malls. A gallery on the third floor exhibits the work of local artists.[citation needed]

The centre was rebranded as intu Watford in 2013 following the renaming of its parent Capital Shopping Centres Group as Intu Properties.[2]

An adjoining shopping centre, Charter Place, was bought by Intu Properties in April 2013.[3] Planning permission was granted in 2014 for Charter Place to be integrated with Intu Watford and expanded, to include a 9-screen IMAX cinema.

History[edit]

The open plan mall of the Harlequin

In 1962 there were discussions about development of the site with the plans including a ten-pin bowling alley and 130 flats.[citation needed]

The Sainsbury's store on Queen's Road was bought and demolished (1983) to create space for the centre and a warehouse. During the development of the centre, listed high street buildings were renovated and Queen's Road was maintained as a pedestrian cross route through the town.[citation needed]

Watford Council extended a resident parking permit scheme in 1996 to deal with the parking congestion that had arisen since the opening of the Centre.[4]

The centre was rebranded as "intu Watford" in 2013 following the renaming of parent Capital Shopping Centres as Intu Properties.[5]

Intu Properties purchased the adjoining Charter Place shopping centre from Watford Borough Council in April 2013.[6] The company announced plans to integrate Charter Place into the main Intu Watford centre, and include a multi-screen cinema, restaurants and larger shops in the development.[7] Planning permission was granted in January 2014 for the partial rebuild and renovation of Charter Place.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillips, Derek (2013). "Case study 45: Harlequin Shopping Centre, Watford". Lighting Modern Buildings. Routledge. p. 192. ISBN 9781136387302. 
  2. ^ "The connected consumer – the future of shopping centres" (Press release). Capital Shopping Centres Group. 17 January 2013. p. 11. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Intu exchanges on Charter Place shopping centre". Watford Borough Council. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Hayes-Griffin, J.; Collis, H. (1998). "Decriminalised parking in Watford". Highways and transportation 45 (5): 17–20. ISSN 0265-6868. 
  5. ^ Wright, Mike (25 February 2013). "Harlequin Centre rebrand begins". Watford Observer. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Intu exchanges on Charter Place shopping centre". Watford Borough Council. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Wright, Mike (1 November 2013). "New IMAX cinema planned for Watford as part of Charter Place revamp". Watford Observer. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Wright, Mike (9 January 2014). "Politicians approve plans for £100m redevelopment of Charter Place". Watford Observer. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 

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