Clock Tower Retail Park, Chelmsford

Hourly progress at Clock Tower Retail Park

July 6th, 2017 Posted by All, Retail


Urban Edge are currently redeveloping the former Britvic factory site in Chelmsford. The works consist of the demolition of existing buildings and the erection of a mixed-use development comprising new retail stores, an A3 pod and industrial units, all with associated means of access, car parking, landscaping, together with the repositioning of the existing Clock Tower.  The Clock Tower itself is a distinctive structure of significant local interest and from which the new retail park will take its name.

The project began in January 2017 and Clock Tower Retail Park will be open for trading in December 2017.

Please click here to view the latest progress on the webcam (kindly provided by Readie Construction).

Senior Living

A new urban approach to senior living

June 6th, 2017 Posted by All, Care


Urban environments are becoming senior living hot spots.

How can urban environments best support an ageing population? This question poses unique challenges and demands original thinking. We must take into account an individual’s independence, quality of life and care requirements, balanced against their personal finances and that of the public sector.

At Urban Edge we believe that senior living, which meets the demands of age 65+ residents, needs to be provided within our towns and cities. We think that the social, cultural and transportational benefits that come with living in an urban environment should be enjoyed by all ages.

We are working on schemes with developers and operators that actively encourage social connection through the provision of shared and social spaces. This complements the wider community’s dining, leisure and retail experience, something that cannot be replicated in typical out-of-town village settlements.

We think that the opportunity for the aged 65+ group to significantly contribute to the positive experience of life in the city is something that should prove a crucial design driver for architects and urbanists over the coming decades. We are encouraging Local Government to support this movement.

There is an increasing number of active, healthy members of society approaching (or beyond) retirement age who are still engaged in leisure and cultural pursuits. With this will to participate in mainstream society, this group of 65+ are in an exciting phase of life. One which could potentially afford new freedoms and opportunities: a cohort fully able to contribute to our society and the economy. At Urban Edge we are keen to encourage that.

Vacancy - Job Runners

Job Runners – Architects/Architectural Technologists required

June 5th, 2017 Posted by All, Vacancies


Urban Edge is expanding our team in line with our increasing workload. We operate across many sectors including retail, leisure, logistics and residential, with projects to £40m.

Candidates must have experience in contract administration, with a strong technical bias, capable of managing medium and large scale projects from concept through to completion with a strong understanding of current construction detailing techniques, regulations and product knowledge.


  • Company pension scheme
  • Private healthcare
  • Gym membership
  • Bonus structure

Salary negotiable depending on experience.

To apply please email your CV and outline what you would bring to the role to: Please include a portfolio with samples of your work.

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK. If you require a Certificate of Sponsorship please make this clear as part of your application and include details of your current visa.


Greenside View, Gerrards Cross

Gerrards Cross residential conversion starts!

April 3rd, 2017 Posted by All, Residential

 Canon House Properties Limited
Apartments: 6
Parking spaces: 6
Development budget: £750,000

On behalf of our client Canon House Properties Limited we are undertaking the remodelling of a former kitchen/bathroom showroom on a very prominent site along the A40 in Gerrards Cross.

The development proposals extend to internal reconfiguration of the space to create six new apartments, along with completely re-elevating the external façades and providing new fenestration.

The scheme received planning approval in June 2016 and works started on site in December 2016, with a planned completion in the summer of 2017.

Glencairn Retail Park, Kilmarnock

Additional 75,000 sq.ft of retail for Kilmarnock

March 17th, 2017 Posted by All, Retail

 Savills Investment Management
Total retail accommodation: 100,000 sq.ft
Parking spaces: 600 (approx)
Development budget: £5,000,000

We have recently been commissioned to develop proposals at Glencairn Retail Park, Kilmarnock for an additional 75,000 sq.ft of retail floor space adjacent to the existing retail terrace (phase II) incorporating a number of new retail units, together with pod units and a drive-through unit at the main entrance of the site (phase III).

We have been specifically instructed by the client to maximise the potential lettable area and enhance the parking, landscaping and public realm to deliver a ‘destination’ scheme. Careful consideration has been given to ensuring both existing and proposed developments continue the same visual appearance in terms of façades/entrances and maintain continuity of trade to tenants whilst works are underway.

St Andrew's Shopping Park, Birmingham

Sub-division of former ‘Woolies’ in Birmingham

March 14th, 2017 Posted by All, Retail

 BMW (UK) Trustees Limited
Total retail accommodation: 85,000 sq.ft
Parking spaces: 550 (approx)
Development budget: £2,800,000

Following the demise of Woolworths this 85,000 sq.ft unit, located directly opposite Birmingham City Football Club, was vacated in January 2009. Following our instruction we gained planning approval for sub-division into seven smaller units in early May. An internalised undercover service area at the rear was provided to allow the units to be serviced away from the main public highway – a condition critical to the local planning authority.

The building was given a complete facelift with new entrance feature canopies to highlight the unit entrances and new totem towers to give the park an increased street presence. Several national high street retailers now trade from this new shopping park environment.

St Anns Shopping Centre, Harrow

Reaching potential at St Anns in Harrow

March 14th, 2017 Posted by All, Retail

 Orchard Street Investment Management
Total retail accommodation: 225,000 sq.ft
Parking spaces: 900 (approx)
Development budget: Confidential

We were appointed by Orchard Street Investment Management to look at various asset management opportunities at St Anns Shopping Centre. St Anns is located opposite Harrow on the Hill station and is home to over 40 high street brands including H&M, Primark, M&S, Schuh and Tiger along with a dedicated food court on the first floor, and is within easy reach of bus and train connections from central London. The shopping centre also boasts secure parking for over 900 vehicles.

These opportunities included reconfiguring and maximising the internal space in a large retail unit on behalf of H&M, who opened for business in November 2012. We have also looked at a number of proposals to improve the entrances, signage, toilet facilities and the flooring throughout the mall with many of these initiatives still ongoing.

Colne Lodge, Staines-upon-Thames

Redeveloped offices in Staines-upon-Thames

March 14th, 2017 Posted by All, Residential

 Porchester Properties Limited
Apartments: 9
Parking spaces: 10
Development budget: £1,000,000

We were instructed by our client to redevelop this former office space located in the centre of Staines-upon-Thames. Having determined that renewed office use was no longer sustainable we decided that the best course of action was to convert the building to residential use and take advantage of the great location and proximity to local amenities on offer.

We proposed to remodel the building to significantly improve its appearance and integrate the existing Pizza Express unit more successfully. Additionally, we added a third floor to the building in order to give the client an additional two properties which succeeded in making the scheme commercially viable.

We submitted the scheme to the local planning department in early 2012 and successfully gained approval in the summer. Construction began in early 2014 and the building was completed just after Christmas.

Tritton Retail Park, Lincoln

Sub-division of Comet unit at Tritton Retail Park

March 13th, 2017 Posted by All, Retail

 LaSalle Investment Management
Total retail accommodation: 125,000 sq.ft
Parking spaces: 200 (approx)
Development budget: £1,000,000

Acting on behalf of LaSalle Investment Management we are heavily involved in ongoing asset management initiatives at this highly visible retail park located on Tritton Road, approximately two miles from Lincoln city centre. Together with the agents we are also exploring refurbishment options for new entrances and façade treatments as well as a potential reconfiguration of the Currys unit.

We have also recently delivered the sub-division of the former Comet unit into two smaller units for Homesense (12,000 sq.ft) and Oak Furniture Land (8,000 sq.ft). These units were opened in August 2014 and are both trading successfully.

Sainsbury's, Torquay

A considered mixed-use scheme in Torquay

March 13th, 2017 Posted by All, Mixed-Use

 Freshwater Group
Total retail accommodation: 11,500 sq.ft
Parking spaces: 9
Development budget: £1,500,000

We were appointed by the Freshwater Group to deliver the redevelopment of the former General Accident office building in St Marychurch, Torquay.

A carefully considered mixed-use scheme (due to the context of the surrounding area) has been delivered for 11,500 sq.ft of retail floor space, anchored by a 4,000 sq.ft small format retail foodstore helping to extend the existing retail offer of the town.

A new area of public realm helps to activate currently dormant façades and increases parking provision. Also included within the proposals are four three bedroom residential properties, helping to provide passive security and ensuring that this area of the town centre is active throughout the day.

Enfield Retail Park, North London

Asset management at Enfield Retail Park

March 13th, 2017 Posted by All, Retail

Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited
Total retail accommodation: 150,000 sq.ft
Parking spaces: 600 (approx)
Development budget: £5,000,000

Universities Superannuation Scheme acquired this very successful 150,000 sq.ft retail park which lies directly adjacent the A10 in Enfield, North London. We were appointed to pursue various short, mid and long term asset management strategies they have for the park.

The first tranche of works involved the extension and sub-division of an existing retail unit including over cladding and introduction of a new entrance feature.

The second phase of work focused on the remodelling of the remaining retail terrace, upgrading the existing unit façades and rolling out new signage features and cladding principles as introduced in phase I to introduce consistency and identity throughout the park.

Finally, we were instructed to deliver a pod unit, situated to the south of the main retail terrace, comprising accommodation for three retailers. The scheme received planning approval in October 2013 and the units were handed over late 2014.

Croft Retail and Leisure Park, Bromborough

Initiatives at The Croft Retail & Leisure Park

March 13th, 2017 Posted by All, Retail

Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited
Total retail accommodation: 450,000 sq.ft
Parking spaces: 1,200 (approx)
Development budget: £10,000,000 (phased)

The Croft Retail and Leisure Park is conveniently located on the Wirral peninsula, just off the A41 New Chester Road, Bromborough, four miles south of Birkenhead town centre. This 450,000 sq.ft retail and leisure park is a hugely popular destination for local shoppers.

We have been involved in the long term strategic asset management and development of the park for a number of years, delivering a wide range of remodelling projects across the development. Ongoing works currently include:

  • Strip units G/H and J back to the external shell (including all existing fixtures and fittings), recladding of the front elevation and all associated shopfront works
  • Development of proposals for land to the south of the retail park. Current plans include four new retail units totalling approximately 55,000 sq.ft, two new pod units and parking provision for 300 vehicles