This is what the high street of the future will look like

John Timpson knows a thing or two about the high street. The chairman of the UK shoe-repair chain that bears his family name was, after all, entrusted to lead a 2018 government review into what the future UK high street would look like. Though at one time he envisaged a future where the number of shops in British town centres would have halved, he could never have imagined how quickly that revolution would come. The impact of the pandemic on our towns and cities has, he says, been seismic: “What…

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Inside ghost town shopping centre that lies abandoned 25 years after opening

An abandoned shopping centre lies empty and derelict 25 years after its flagship opening. Five Sisters Freeport Shopping Village in West Lothian, Scotland, opened in 1996, with over 40 stores, claiming to be Scotland’s new premier outlet for designer clothes. But after a huge decline by 2004, Freeport Leisure decided it was time to close the centre down and they shut up shop. The site has been derelict ever since, with the BBC using it for filming on a zombie children’s show in 2015, Edinburgh Live reports. The 50,000sq ft shopping centre attracted over a…

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Melbourne’s Jam Factory to be transformed into £800M mixed-use precinct

The 18,000sqm site is to be transformed from a solely commercial setting to a high-end luxury mixed-use development. The development group includes Newmark Capital, GURNER and Qualitas along with lead architects Bates Smart, Townshend Landscape Architects and Leonard Design Architects. The aspirational plans look to convert the site to a mixed-use precinct, spanning retail and entertainment, office and residential towers, an ultra-luxury hotel and a new public realm. The proposed scheme includes: A new public civic space in the form of a 1,700sqm, two-level plaza and amphitheatre Four luxury residential towers totalling over 400 ultra-luxury residences A 5-star hotel…

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