Friars Square

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Friars Square
Aylesbury, Friars Square - geograph.org.uk - 897759.jpg
Entrance to the bus station
LocationAylesbury, England
Opening date1967 (original Friars Square)
1993 (new Friars Square)
ManagementAndy Margieson
OwnerRockspring
ArchitectStanley Bragg Architects
No. of stores and services41[1]
No. of anchor tenants1 (House of Fraser)
Total retail floor area283,000 square feet (26,300 m2)
Websitehttp://www.friarssquareshopping.com

Friars Square is a shopping centre located in the town centre of Aylesbury. The landlord is the Rockspring, and managed by Montagu Evans.[2]

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.[3] The centre is anchored by House of Fraser.

History[edit]

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.[4] The Cadena cafe, which later became a Wimpy, was housed in a modern architectural pavilion over the open market.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

In January 2013, a branch of clothing chain H&M opened in Friars Square,[10] on the site of the old HMV store which was closed on 11 February 2012.[11]

In September 2013, a branch of rival clothing chain Topshop opened in Friars Square, in a newly constructed part in the middle of the main shopping mall.[12]

In October 2017, a branch of Smiggle specialising in stationery products opened.[13]

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.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.friarssquareshopping.com/shopping/all/
  2. ^ "Friars Square gets fresh boss for New Year plans". Bucks Herald. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Traders 'devastated' at Friars Square shopping centre plans". BBC News. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Transformation of the town centre". Buckinghamshire County Council. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Enjoying a Wimpy at Friars' Square". Bucks Herald. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Friars Square". Stanley Bragg Architects. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  7. ^ "New Friars Square owner". Bucks Herald. 4 December 2007. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Management shift for shopping centre". The Scotsman. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  9. ^ "New Friars Square Shopping Centre apartment complex given approval". Bucks Herald. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  10. ^ http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/more-news/it-s-all-the-fashion-shoppers-flock-to-h-m-opening-in-aylesbury-1-4741588
  11. ^ http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/more-news/hmv-closure-in-aylesbury-signals-end-of-an-era-for-the-humble-compact-disc-1-3457925
  12. ^ http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/more-news/aylesbury-topshop-will-now-open-in-september-1-5253789
  13. ^ https://www.mix96.co.uk/news/local/2395733/stationery-chain-smiggle-opens-in-aylesbury/
  14. ^ https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/friars-square-has-the-best-shopping-centre-security-team-in-the-country-1-8544960/

Coordinates: 51°48′54″N 0°48′48″W / 51.8150°N 0.8133°W / 51.8150; -0.8133