Case study / Waterloo Square
Henry Boot Developments was appointed by South Tyneside MBC as its development partner to bring forward a major new retail scheme adjacent to the existing South Shields town centre, to secure new national retailers and to improve the town’s attraction as a sub-regional shopping destination.
This first phase of non-food retail development comprises over 70,000 sq.ft of space designed to accommodate the most up to date trends for larger units demanded by national retailers.
The innovative design and the ability to deliver accommodation to an agreed set programme, attracted a number of high profile major retailers not previously present in the town. These included the newly launched ‘Desire by Debenhams’ retail concept and the new Bhs smaller store format. The aim of providing a high quality contemporary retail offer was further achieved with the letting of the remaining space to Next and River Island.
Substantial public realm works were undertaken as part of the development, and a new 150 space shoppers’ car park, managed by South Tyneside MBC, was provided. Over 200 new jobs have been created for the town, and the Waterloo Square first phase of the development has demonstrated the ability to introduce new retailers to established town centres which have previously failed to attract