Kings Mall

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Kings Mall
LocationLondon Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, England, UK
Coordinates51°29′35″N 0°13′41″W / 51.49300°N 0.22800°W / 51.49300; -0.22800Coordinates: 51°29′35″N 0°13′41″W / 51.49300°N 0.22800°W / 51.49300; -0.22800
Opening date1980
DeveloperSt Martins Property Group
ManagementJones Lang LaSalle Incorporated
OwnerSchroders
No. of stores and services44
No. of anchor tenants5
Total retail floor area244,000 sq ft
No. of floors1
Parking753-space basement car park
Websitekings-mall.co.uk

Kings Mall is a retail, residential and office complex in Hammersmith in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The development is situated off King Street.

The complex consists of Kings Mall Shopping Centre, Kings Mall Car Park, Ashcroft Square and Sovereign Court housing estates, and the One Lyric Square office building.

History[edit]

The complex was designed by Richard Seifert and developed by St Martins Property Group. Residential apartments situated above the mall were constructed in 1973, whilst the shopping centre itself opened in 1980. The development originally came with a 950-space car park. It also included two office buildings constructed in the mid 1970s.

The five acre site is split into two parts. The southern part, containing the main shopping centre, the original housing estate above it and one of the office buildings, is situated off King Street, to the south of the Hammersmith & City line railway line, and located between Lyric Square to the east and Leamore Street to the west. The northern part, originally containing the car park and other office building, is located to the north of the Hammersmith & City line railway line off Glenthorne Road, with Beadon Road to the east and Leamore Street to the west. The northern and southern parts of the complex are linked via a covered footbridge over the Hammersmith & City line railway line at the first floor level of the shopping centre. The only other amenities at the first floor level are public toilets and access to the original housing estate.

In 2011, the owner of Kings Mall, St Martins Property Group sold it to Matterhorn Capital for £115 million.[1]

In June 2015, Matterhorn Capital sold the shopping centre on to its current owner Schroders for £153 million.[2]

In 2016, the car park and one of the office buildings were demolished and replaced with a smaller 753-space car park with new residential apartments situated above it.[3]

As of 2019, the centre is currently undergoing a multimillion-pound transformation. This includes removing the external staircases to the flats above outside each of the entrances to the shopping centre off King Street, and a complete internal refurbishment of the shopping arcade.[4]

Retail units[edit]

Kings Mall Shopping Centre as of 2019 currently has 244,000 sq ft of retail space which houses around 44 retail units split into two areas: most units are off a single level shopping arcade perpendicular and parallel to King Street, whilst the remaining units directly front onto and are accessed via King Street itself.

Current tenants[edit]

There are five anchor stores, including a branch of Primark in Unit 1. Units 2-3 are occupied by Sainsbury's (who relocated from a smaller Sainsbury's Central branch opposite the east entrance of Kings Mall in 2005). The other anchor stores are WHSmith (the only original tenant left and whose shop includes a Post Office in-store concession), H&M and New Look.

Shopping arcade outlets[edit]

As of 2019, the main shopping arcade outlets are Sainsbury's, WHSmith, Wilko, Tiger, Specsavers, Warren James, The Entertainer, Card Factory, Clarks, Sky, Carphone Warehouse, EE, 02 and Ping Pong Parlour.

King Street outlets[edit]

As of 2019, the main King Street outlets are Primark, H&M, New Look, Foot Locker, Holland & Barrett, Toni & Guy, Wasabi, Costa Coffee, Patisserie Valerie, Natwest, HSBC and Santander.

Former tenants[edit]

Unit 1 used to be occupied by Littlewoods, but now houses a branch of Primark. Units 2-3 were originally operated by Safeway, but this has been a Sainsbury's since 2005.[5] A combined Mothercare and Early Learning Centre branch was previously where H&M currently is, whilst River Island was in the unit which New Look now leases. Superdrug and Poundland formerly had branches right in the centre of the shopping arcade, but both relocated to be on the opposite side of King Street itself, outside of the Kings Mall Shopping Centre.

Shopping arcade outlets[edit]

The main shopping arcade outlets were Safeway, Blue Inc, Habitat, Superdrug, Poundland, Utopia, Game, Dixons, Clintons, Mrs Florist, Vodafone, The Body Shop, Burger King and Feast Canteen.

King Street outlets[edit]

The main King Street outlets were Littlewoods, Mothercare, Early Learning Centre, River Island, H. Samuel, Sports Direct, JD Sports, Oxygen Red, Starbucks and McDonald's.

Car park[edit]

Kings Mall Car Park serves the Kings Mall Shopping Centre and the wider Hammersmith area. It is situated to the rear of the development off Glenthorne Road, on the other side of the Hammersmith & City line railway line.

Original car park[edit]

When Kings Mall opened in 1980, it originally came with a 950-space four storey multi-storey car park developed by St Martins Property Group. The size of this car park meant that not only could it serve the customers of the Kings Mall Shopping Centre, but it could also be used by people visiting other areas in Hammersmith town centre or even commuters using the Hammersmith tube stations.

Current car park[edit]

When St Martins Property Group sold Kings Mall in 2011 to Matterhorn Capital, plans were drawn up to demolish the multi-storey car park off Glenthorne Road along with the adjacent West 45 office building off Beadon Road, and replace it with a mixed use development by St George (part of Berkeley Group Holdings), to be called Sovereign Court. The plans include erecting a single building with heights ranging from 4-17 storeys, plus two basement levels, to provide a smaller 700-space replacement public basement car park, new ground floor commercial floorspace and 418 new homes with 53 residential parking spaces and 460 cycle spaces.[6]

Residential apartments[edit]

Kings Mall is home to two housing estates: Ashcroft Square and Sovereign Court.

Ashcroft Square[edit]

Ashcroft Square is a local authority housing estate which consists of seven blocks of flats arranged around a central courtyard. The development is situated right on top of the main shopping centre itself. It was originally built in 1973 by St Martins Property Group and the dwellings were constructed using brick and concrete.[7]

The flats are leased to Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council on full repairing and insuring leases, with responsibility for repairs and maintenance being split between the landlord and the council.[8]

Sovereign Court[edit]

Sovereign Court is a luxury housing estate which is situated on the other side of the Hammersmith & City line railway line with the basement car park beneath it. It was originally built in 2019 by St George (part of Berkeley Group Holdings).

It is one large building with heights ranging from 4-17 storeys comprising 418 luxury apartments with 53 residential parking spaces and 460 cycle spaces.[9]

Office buildings[edit]

Kings Mall has also been home to two office buildings: One Lyric Square and West 45.

One Lyric Square[edit]

One Lyric Square is a 14 storey Grade A office building consisting of 100,656 sq ft of accommodation. It was constructed in the mid 1970s and is situated adjacent to the east side of the Kings Mall Shopping Centre, taking its name from the Lyric Square market place area situated in front of it.

As of 2019 the first eight floors are leased to The Office Group.

West 45[edit]

West 45 was a former eight storey office building consisting of 62,244 sq ft of accommodation with each upper floor having approximately 8,100 sq ft of office space. It was constructed in the mid 1970s and is situated off Beadon Road on the other side of the Hammersmith & City line railway line.

It was demolished in 2014 to make way for the Sovereign Court housing development.[10]

Transport connections[edit]

Kings Mall is easily accessible by both private and public transport:

  • Bus: The Kings Mall Shopping Centre U bus stop is located outside Unit 1 49-63 King Street (currently occupied by Poundland, and previously occupied by Sainsbury's Central and then HMV), opposite the east entrance of the Kings Mall Shopping Centre. It is served by routes 27, 190, 266, 267, 391, H91, N9 and N11.
  • Road links: Kings Mall Car Park serves the development. This is accessed via turning right off King Street (after travelling past the entire centre and Leamore Street), onto Cambridge Grove and then turning right again onto Glenthorne Road, past the other side of Leamore Street with the car park situated on the right beneath Sovereign Court.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matterhorn Palos Partnership exchanges on £115m Kings Mall St Martins purchase". Property Week.
  2. ^ "Schroders buys Hammersmith's Kings Mall Shopping Centre-backed portfolio for £153m". CoStar.
  3. ^ "Kings Mall car park and West 45 office building to be demolished". Hammersmith Today.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "REG-Sainsbury(J) PLC Store acquisitions". otp.investis.com.
  6. ^ "Kings Mall Car Park". London City Hall.
  7. ^ "Ashcroft Square Estate, Hammersmith London". Manchester History.
  8. ^ "London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham in conjunction with Mitie Property Services". GDS Chartered Surveyers.
  9. ^ "Kings Mall Car Park". London City Hall.
  10. ^ "West 45". Buildington.

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