Entrance to the bus station
|Opening date||1967 (original Friars Square)|
1993 (new Friars Square)
|Architect||Stanley Bragg Architects|
|No. of stores and services||41|
|No. of anchor tenants||1 (House of Fraser)|
|Total retail floor area||283,000 square feet (26,300 m2)|
The shopping centre is a mixed-use development, incorporating elements of a previous shopping centre development of the same name. Friars Square includes over 60 shops and restaurants, offices, 400-space multi-storey car park and bus station. The Cloisters indoor market was closed in 2012. The centre is anchored by House of Fraser.
The original Friars Square (or Friar's Square) was created in the 1960s as the Aylesbury Town Centre Redevelopment. It transformed the south-west part of the town centre including the Market Square and Silver Street areas. Opened in 1967, it included a number of shops in an open-air pedestrian only area, and included a new location for the town's market. The Cadena cafe, which later became a Wimpy, was housed in a modern architectural pavilion over the open market.
The current shopping centre was formally opened in 1993 at a cost of GB£70m, following the closure and extension of the previous town centre development of the same name. The redevelopment was designed by Stanley Bragg Architects. The large Woolworth building was integrated into the development, to house the new anchor store (now House of Fraser) and the library.
In 2007 the centre was sold by F&C Property Asset Management to Multiplex. In 2011, ownership passed to Royal Bank of Scotland's West Register asset division, as the newly merged Brookfield Multiplex subsequently moved out of the UK retail market following its acquisition of Multiplex. RBS had previously provided the debt for Multiplex to buy Friars Square for GB£89.5 million.
In 2012, the vacant office building was proposed to be converted into 50 apartments.
In October 2017, a branch of Smiggle specialising in stationery products opened.
In June 2018 the Frairs square security team won Security Team of the Year title at the annual SCEPTRE Awards at the Dorchester in London.
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