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Can the UK high street be saved?

This summer I went on a staycation through the English countryside and villages. Rounding a corner, I was suddenly shocked by a sight that has been lost for so long that it has been declared … DEAD! Behold a High Street! It may sound dramatic, but we all yearn for a romanticised version of the quintessential High Street. Millions of tourists arrive every year to find one (I used to be one of them!). It is a mythical place where Miss Marple gets her morning kippers; Doc Martin actively avoids…everyone;…

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CGI of Bouygues Canterbury development

Mixed use scheme with 50,00 sq ft leisure to extend Canterbury night life

Bouygues UK has been appointed main contractor for a £115m development of student rooms, restaurants, bars and a cinema in Canterbury, Kent. Linkcity, the property development company of Bouygues UK, has exchanged contracts with Canterbury City Council, Harrison Street and The Hyde Group to bring forward a the development on the 8.4-acre site of a former coach park and Serco depot in the Kingsmead area of Canterbury. The Riverside will include more than 50,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and restaurant space, as well as 491 student residences and 189…

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Artist impression of Westferry development, from SimpsonHaugh

Mixed-use Canary Wharf ‘gateway’ to include UK’s largest Premier Inn

The 30-storey development will be designed by architects SimpsonHaugh. Mixed-use property developer Rockwell has completed a £106m investment deal with Aviva Investors to fund the delivery of a new Premier Inn hotel adjacent to Westferry DLR station in East London. Whitbread, Premier Inn’s parent company, will take a 30-year lease of the hotel and restaurant, and at 400 bedrooms, the Canary Wharf Westferry Premier Inn will be the largest Premier Inn hotel not located at an airport. The 30-storey development, designed by architects SimpsonHaugh, will provide a “gateway” to Canary Wharf and is scheduled for completion…

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