1 August 2017
WYG has delivered a new retail park development in Essex which will open this September.
The new Epping Forest Shopping Park in Loughton is transforming what was the site of the Council’s former MOT depot and adjoining open carpark, and is anticipated to bring benefits to the wider community.
Working for landowner Epping Forest District Council, WYG provided project management, tenant liaison and highways liaison management services as well as highways project management for the Section 278 works under separate contract.
The project management team brought in, and collaborated with, an external multi-disciplinary design team of consultants. WYG’s Tish Macdonald extensively engaged with tenants throughout, a process that is ongoing.
The highway works have provided new junctions with improved pedestrian facilities, links to a nearby college, and direct links from the local railway station to the retail development and to the existing parade of shops on the Broadway. The retail park and these highways improvements have brought benefits to the area, reducing its industrial character.
Nearly all of the 13 units are let and tenants include retailers Next, Pets At Home, Aldi, Smyths Toys, JD Sports, TJX (UK) Ltd – which owns T.K. Maxx - and Hobbycraft, with advanced discussions progressing with other well-known retailers. The park is expected to help create around 200 new jobs and boost the economy in the area.
Andrew Charalambous, Associate at WYG who delivered project management services for the shopping park, said:
“This has been a very rewarding scheme on which to work. We were able to incorporate into the final design requests made by tenants for changes at an advanced stage of the development on site. We are very pleased that the scheme is regenerating the area.”
A spokesperson at Epping Forest District Council said: “WYG’s hard work and professionalism has helped to ensured that the Epping Forest Shopping Park has come to fruition, bringing a fantastic economic boost to the district. Around 200 new jobs have been created. Highway improvements will ease traffic flow. Income from the Shopping Park will help to support services provided by the Council to local residents. It is a job well done.”