Redeveloping the CBD: A case study of Princesshay in Exeter

What did the Land Securites plan hope to achieve?

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The regeneration plan:

Land Securities described the new and improved plans for the regeneration of Princesshay in a press release that proposed the following improvements to the area:

Landmark department store comprising 11,617 sq m (125,000 sq ft)

50 new shops, restaurants and cafes

In excess of 100 flats and apartments

Pedestrian priority and greater quality open space - with a larger European-style public square and enhanced St. Catherine's Square

Sensitive approach to archaeological deposits

Major improvements to basement servicing

New 300-space secure car park off Paris Street

Improved access and pedestrianisation

Better facilities for cyclists

Improved setting for the City Wall and Medieval Almshouses

New Tourist Information Centre

New Heritage Centre linked to the scheduled Underground Passages

Modern toilet accommodation

Government agencies including English Heritage and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) praised the new scheme for the imaginative urban design and quality of the architecture. In 2002 John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, gave the green light for the Council to go ahead with the scheme, and the public were informed in a newsletter

Work began in 2005 and the whole scheme was completed in 2007.

Now that Princesshay is completely finished, judge for yourself how successful the redevelopment has been. Take a virtual tour around Exeter's new shopping centre

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