McArthurGlen starts Ashford extension

Construction begins on 100,000-sq ft extension to Ashford designer outlet

McArthurGlen has confirmed that building works will begin later this month on the £90 million Phase II extension of Ashford Designer Outlet. McLaren Construction has been appointed as contractor.

McArthurGlen secured planning approval from Ashford Borough Council in September 2015. Scheduled to open in Autumn 2019, the 100,000 sq ft extension will deliver up to 50 additional premium and luxury brands, a new food piazza, an events space and a redesigned children’s play area, as well as 725 new parking spaces. The expansion will also include the installation of Europe’s largest living wall structure

This will be Ashford Designer Outlet’s first extension since opening in 2000. The existing 185,000-sq ft centre, which has the world’s largest tented retail structure, was designed by the renowned architect Richard Rogers. It attracts over 3.6 million guests every year.

Claude Hargreave, director of development at McArthurGlen, said: “After four years of meticulous planning we’re incredibly excited to confirm that building works on the extension will commence this January. Over the next 18 months we will be investing £90 million into the centre to elevate the whole shopping experience for our guests and the retail environment for our brand partners.”

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