The Mall Luton

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The Mall Luton
Luton Mall.jpg
LocationLuton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°52′45″N 0°24′54″W / 51.87917°N 0.41500°W / 51.87917; -0.41500Coordinates: 51°52′45″N 0°24′54″W / 51.87917°N 0.41500°W / 51.87917; -0.41500
Opening date1972
ManagementRoy Greening [1]
OwnerCapital & Regional
No. of stores and services128
Total retail floor area906,850 sq ft (84,249 m2)
No. of floors2
Parking1,707 spaces,
WebsiteThe Mall Luton Website

The Mall Luton is a large shopping centre in the centre of Luton, United Kingdom. It was formerly an Arndale Centre, until it was purchased by Capital & Regional in January 2006. It was temporarily called The Mall Arndale, but is now referred to as The Mall Luton, although local people still refer to it as "The Arndale".

History[edit]

Originally opened in 1972, as The Arndale Shopping Centre, it was purchased by Capital & Regional in January 2006.[2] The centre has 128 shop units occupying 906,850 sq ft (84,249 m2), and parking for 1,707 cars.

The area that would become the new shopping centre was cleared during the 1960s. Many notable buildings which had escaped the damage of World War II were subsequently demolished.

St George's Square[edit]

Luton Mall at Night

Following the completion of the redevelopment of St George's Square in Luton, the St George's Square end of The Mall Luton was also remodelled.

The development created 8,825 sq m (75,000 sq ft) of new retail space across 8 new retail units. Three levels of car parking at the top of the development provided an increase of approximately 200 car parking spaces. On completion The Mall Luton totalled 77,199 sq m (831,000 sq ft). The new six-storey building has an entrance directly onto St George's Square, with escalators inside the building taking shoppers to the main mall level.

Ken Ford, chief executive of The Mall, said, when the scheme was announced:

"Our proposals will provide enhanced retail units in order to improve the retail offer in the town. They will also improve The Mall Luton's relationship with the town – by providing bright, modern shop fronts and a landmark new entrance we will vastly improve the Mall's presence onto St George's Square and help create an attractive area for the people of Luton to shop, eat and relax."

TK Maxx was the new anchor tenant for the extension,[3] with Argos also taking a unit. Completion of the St George's Square redevelopment was planned for September 2009. However, due to the recession, the funding was delayed. The redevelopment was eventually completed in 2012.

Extension plans[edit]

The Northern Gateway[edit]

In December 2007, a further planning application was submitted for a much larger extension to The Mall,.[4] As well as several much larger shopping units, housing and office space were planned. The site is between The Mall and train station, and would see total redevelopment of Silver Street, Bute Street, one side of Cheapside and Part of Guildford Street.

Although much of the site is either car parking or vacant, two grade II listed buildings and several locally listed buildings would be demolished, including several 19th century hat factories, for which the town was once famous.[5]

The plan was criticised by English Heritage[6]Template:Deadline and the Victorian Society.[7][8][dead link] Following the comments The Mall stated that following discussions with council officers, "amendments to the application are being made".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Mall Luton - On site team". Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Capital & Regional Web site".
  3. ^ "TK Maxx confirmed in extension". Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  4. ^ https://www.propertyweek.com/the-mall-fund-submits-luton-arndale-plans/3074779.article
  5. ^ Luton Today article on proposed demolition
  6. ^ "English Heritage criticisms". Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  7. ^ http://www.victorian-society.org.uk/news/8986/hat_trick_of_destruction_planned_for_lutons_historic_heart.html Archived 21 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine Victorian Society
  8. ^ "Broadway Malyan scheme for Luton ignites row over destruction of listed buildings". bdonline.co.uk. 5 February 2008. Archived from the original on 8 February 2012.

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