Urban Edge Architecture is celebrating the realisation of its £7 million new build retail park on Tower Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Completed on 2nd May, with the tenants now starting to fit out. The c70,000 sq ft development marks a substantial investment in the region, as well as turning a redundant brownfield site into an impressive new gateway for the town.
Anchored by Aldi and The Range, the scheme includes a new retail terrace, coffee drive thru and a mixed retail and restaurant unit, complete with a remodelled site access, car parking and hard and soft landscaping. Urban Edge Architecture worked with TPS Development and Project Managers on behalf of client Freshwater Group, to create a contemporary response to the requirements of modern out of town retailers, including such names as Costa, Greggs, Subway and Card Factory.
Tom McNamara, Director at UEA says: “We are excited to see our design finally completed. It has been a long journey – with the original planning being granted in December 2015 – but the finished development is a quality new retail destination that will boost Lowestoft’s economy and offer good local employment opportunities, as well as creating a positive first view of the town from the south.”
Mark Newton, Director at TPS, adds: “It’s great to see this scheme finally completed for our client Freshwater Group. It’s a great testament to the team involved who have worked hard to deliver this new retail facility. It’s been great to track the schemes progress through the time-lapse camera Stainforth Construction provided. The retail units are currently being fitted out with the first units opening within the next few weeks. The retail park was 75% pre-let prior to completion and we are pleased to announce that the remaining 15,000sqft is now under offer and will introduce some new brands to Lowestoft.”
Urban Edge’s design puts emphasis on the integration of this new development into the wider area and creates a strong link between the existing retail and commercial uses to the south of the site. Stylish design and quality flows through into the public realm with the provision of an attractive landscape, with a variety of native trees and shrubs adding visual interest for customers.