Placemaking draws occupiers to Basildon

British Land’s refurb of Mayflower brings new signings

British Land’s investment in placemaking at Mayflower, Basildon has helped secure new occupiers to the centre. Since acquisition in 2011, £10m has been invested in the physical environment alone, enhancing the design of the stores, the landscaping and public realm. It has also involved reconfiguring existing units to create smaller shops, strengthening the retailer mix to offer customers a great range of reasons to visit the centre.

In the last year there have been seven new lettings at the centre totalling 70,000 sq ft, with the final opening due this summer. New retailers joining the scheme include River Island, Clarks, Tapi Carpets and Fabb Sofas, whilst Harveys has relocated to a new unit. Superdrug opened this month and Greggs will open a new bespoke pod this summer.

Ben Grose, head of national leasing at British Land, said: “Mayflower, Basildon is a prime example of how British Land invests in its assets to drive growth and returns through our placemaking, asset management and development expertise. Mayflower offers convenience-led shopping for local communities with a strong occupier line up spanning fashion, furniture and catering.”

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