Queensgate shopping centre
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|No. of stores and services||90|
|Total retail floor area||804,000 square feet (74,700 m2)|
|No. of floors||2|
The Queensgate shopping centre in the United Kingdom, is situated at Peterborough city centre in Cambridgeshire. It was opened by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on 9 March 1982 and contains over 90 stores and parking for 2,300 cars. Queensgate bus station is adjacent to the shopping centre and only a short walk from Peterborough railway station, a major interchange. Peterborough Shopmobility provide wheelchairs and electric scooters to help those with limited mobility.
Designated a New Town in 1967, Peterborough Development Corporation decided to construct a new purpose-built shopping centre in the heart of the revitalised city. Planning permission was received in the late summer of 1976 and, in the November of that year, the John Lewis Partnership announced that it had agreed to be the anchor shop in the new development. The opening of John Lewis Peterborough (and Waitrose supermarket) marked a return to the city after an absence of over twenty five years. Until 1956, when the two main blocks of the building were completely destroyed by fire, the John Lewis Partnership had a small department store in Peterborough trading under the name of Robert Sayle. Originally known as Thompsons, the shop had been renamed following acquisition by the Partnership in 1940. Robert Sayle was itself renamed John Lewis Cambridge after a major refurbishment in 2007. After 32 years of trading Waitrose closed its Queensgate branch in 2014, moving arcoss the road to a new superstore on the grounds of the former Royal Mail sorting office on Mayor’s Walk.
Independent local radio stations, Gold Peterborough and Heart Cambridgeshire, formerly Hereward FM, have broadcast from studios at Queensgate since moving from Lower Bridge Street in 1987. Queensgate advertises on Heart with the jingle the capital city of shopping. Heart can be heard on 102.7FM in Peterborough, and 103FM in Cambridge.
In 2005, Hammerson Plc acquired a 50% interest in the freehold of Queensgate from Norwich Union Life and Pensions for a total consideration of £156 million. The north Westgate project was to have created a 646,000 square feet (60,000 m²) mixed-use development adjacent to the existing shopping centre. On completion of the works, the combined scheme would have formed a single 1,450,000 square feet (135,000 m²) destination. Plans for the development were shelved in the wake of the recession, however, they have recently been mentioned in public again.
In 2011, a £20 million revamp to Queensgate was confirmed. This included top-brand clothes shop Primark taking over several units and an extension to replace the units taken over. Queensgate also intend to spend another £7 million refurbishing the centre’s catering offerings, mall areas and its 2,300-space car park, due to be completed in mid-2012. The changes to the car park will remove references to local historical figures (Edith Cavell, Frank Perkins, Henry Royce and John Clare) in favour of a colour-coded system.
- Peterborough Bus Station Peterborough City Council (retrieved 11 January 2008)
- Peterborough Shopmobility Peterborough City Council (retrieved 11 January 2008)
- The Peterborough New Town (Designation) Order 1967, see the London Gazette (Issue 44377) published 1 August 1967
- Hancock, Tom Greater Peterborough Master Plan Peterborough Development Corporation, 1971
- Hammerson Acquires Interest in Queensgate Shopping Centre, Peterborough Hammerson, Press Release, 17 November 2005
- Development Agreement for North Westgate, Peterborough Hammerson, Press Release, 14 February 2006.
- Grinnell, Paul North Westgate plans to be unveiled within next 12 months Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 7 March 2011
- The North Westgate Story BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, 10 September 2010
- Nicolson, Kirsty Queensgate to open on Boxing Day this year Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 22 December 2007
- Peterborough car parks drop names of historic figures BBC News, 1 November 2011