Nexus Planning announces retail studies trio

Park Street, Bristol

Award-winning planning consultancy, Nexus Planning, announces it has won a trio of retail studies in London, Bristol and Bedford. As the retail world grapples with the rapidly evolving immediate needs, Nexus will be examining and advising on what the future of retail looks like for these three locations.

Tower Hamlets

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has employed Nexus to advise them on their Neighbourhood Centres in the East of the Borough. Nexus will be determining the nature of the physical spaces which make up the centres, as well as speaking with local residents and businesses to understand how more footfall might be driven to each of the centres. Nexus will also be producing Strategic Visions for each of the centres in conjunction with offers and other local stakeholders.


Nexus has been engaged to consider “What next?” for Bristol City Centre. The consultancy will be carrying out wide-ranging market research of both residents and city centre businesses to get under the skin of what makes the city centre tick and how it might be more agile to future trends. As well as responding to the rapidly evolving retail world in general, Nexus will also be considering the specific role of independent business in the city centre as well as its street markets.


Nexus is currently producing a Boroughwide Retail and Leisure Study on behalf of Bedford Council. This will primarily be concerned with the key town centres of Bedford and Kempston and will make recommendations for their future vitality and viability, including ways in which the town centre can respond to a post-Covid world.

Rob Pearson, Nexus Planning Executive Director, comments: “In this time of great uncertainty, we’re delighted to be part of the resilience and recovery of these three British retail hubs. The task ahead is no mean feat as we emerge out of Covid-19. However, together with local insights from residents and enterprises, alongside our retail study experts, we’re looking ahead to and hopeful of a positive retail future.”