Independent commercial property surveyors, London Clancy, have just bagged a new retail instruction. Beating various competing companies, London Clancy have won the agency instruction to let Festival Place, Basingstoke.
Festival Place is the shopping and events centre in Basingstoke, Hampshire, which opened in 2002. It houses over 160 shops including large stores such as Zara, Next, Marks and Spencer, Apple Store and Fat Face as well as being home to independent stores, providing a balanced and welcoming experience to the visitor.
The scheme totals 1.1 m sq.ft. of prime retail space in the centre of Basingstoke and has positioned itself as a leading retail and leisure destination.
Russell Ware, Associate Director at London Clancy Basingstoke, states: “Festival Place is somewhere that people can come to relax, socialise, work out, eat and shop. We feel that independent shops have been the unsung heroes of the retail world and we want to invite more of them to visit Festival Place and think about the part they too can play inside the scheme.”
A varied range of restaurants, cafes and bars makes Festival Place an appealing destination for foodies, at all times of the day, be it in the evening for dinner, a lunch with work colleagues, evening drinks, or a coffee and catch-up with friends.
Big brands have wide representation with the footfall increasing by more than two million, taking the annual total to more than 22 million customers. And property agents, London Clancy, want to see more diversity welcoming well known local businesses into the scheme.
“We are reminding people”, Russell said “Festival Place has become equally popular as a leisure destination as the scheme is home to a 10-screen Vue multiplex cinema with reclining leather seats in every screen. There is also a fitness, leisure and sports complex spread over seven floors, the fun Flip Out trampoline park, and a community library.”
Festival Place has branched out from not just purely shopping to be a go-to place in the region for stylish fashion, showcases to art installations, offering workshops and a varied calendar of events for family days out throughout the year.
As this is one of the busiest regional commercial and retail spaces, Russell wants to hear from new and independent businesses who offer experiences and event space, rather than just retail, as Festival Place is creating a buzz about retail again and offering the public entertainment and new customer experiences.