Grozny Mall, Kausar Park. CGI by Chapman Taylor

‘Placemaking’ Chechen mall wins best shopping centre 2020

Grozny Mall in Chechnya, southern Russia has been named “Best Shopping Centre” at the 2020 Arendator Awards in Moscow. Arendator.ru is a major Russian commercial property news website, with the awards ceremony, which took place at Moscow’s Modus Restaurant on Thursday, October 1, 2020, honouring the best projects in the commercial property sector. Designed by Chapman Taylor, Grozny Mall will be the largest shopping mall in southern Russia, bringing together national and international retail brands within a 132,000 sq m development. A hypermarket, a food court and restaurants will complement…

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Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul. Photo on Wikimedia Commons

South Korea returns to lockdown after new spike

Museums, parks, and art galleries will all be closed again from Friday for two weeks, with authorities struggling to identify transmission routes South Korea has reimplemented strict lockdown measures in the capital Seoul following the biggest spike of new coronavirus infections in nearly two months. Museums, parks, and art galleries will all be closed again from Friday for two weeks, health minister Park Neung-hoo said. Companies are being urged to reintroduce flexible working hours among other measures. The move follows the biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases in 53 days,…

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Montage of artist impressions of Stockton town centre plans

Stockton’s public consultation calls for new leisure landscape

The Castlegate Shopping Centre and Swallow Hotel are set to be demolished as part of bold plans to tackle Stockton’s empty shops and open up the town to the river. Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council bought the buildings in September before seeking public views on a “once in a generation” opportunity to change the town. Plans are now being drawn-up after the consultation, which attracted around 1,000 responses, revealed strong public support for putting the site to a different use. “We had a massive response to our consultation on the next steps for Stockton…

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