The Augur group has bought the landmark Lewis’s Building and five acres of adjoining land in central Liverpool, with plans to regenerate the area and create a new retail and leisure destination, called Circus.
In collaboration with Liverpool City Council and Network Rail, the planned development will encompass 400,000 sq ft of the Grade II-listed Lewis’s Building, retaining its iconic façade, while enabling the expansion of Liverpool Central Station. In 2015/2016 Liverpool Central carried nearly 16m passengers making it one of the busiest rail stations in the UK.
On completion, the site will offer over 275,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space over five floors. Augur is already in detailed discussions with cinema operators and a number of retail and leisure tenants for the site.
Augur chief executive Simon Mann said: “At a time when the city is undergoing major infrastructure improvements we see Circus as a brand new central place for people to come together for retail, leisure and work. It is a prime location where more than 40,000 people travel through daily.”