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Why the leisure sector must create ‘Place Purpose’

Guest Blog for The Leisure Property Forum, by Thomas Rose, Co-founder – P-THREE Our belief at P-THREE is that by helping to create places with purpose, the lives of the people who use these places are enhanced, and as a result, success for everyone involved will follow. However the challenge the leisure sector faces is how do we really create a “Place Purpose”? The need to lease space to an occupier because it is vacant is usually the overriding factor when it comes to decision making. As a result, there is…

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Alligator park planned for London’s Old Kent Road

Reptile enclosure could be part of gasholder conversion at heart of new homes development. Developer is drawing up plans for reptile enclosure in Grade II-listed Victorian gasholders.  The Old Kent Road’s claim to fame as the cheapest square in Monopoly could be superseded by a more exotic distinction — as the site of London’s first alligator park. Property developer Avanton is drawing up plans to create the reptile enclosure inside a Victorian gasholder as the centrepiece of a £230 million housing and offices scheme. If it goes ahead, the former tanks at the…

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Radio: retail, leisure and art to bring new life to English seaside

The Victorian splendour of many of Britain’s coastal towns has long faded. Many of them rank among our most economically deprived communities. The Southend-born writer Farrah Jarral talks to people who believe in a brighter future by the seaside, including an entrepreneur with a vision for the Wirral. Is he our New Victorian? … visit BBC Radio 4 to hear full broadcast of Positive Thinking

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