Peterborough’s historic shopping arcade in line for £500,000 revamp

Westgate Arcade

Westgate Arcade

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New plans have been unveiled for a £500,000 revamp of Peterborough’s historic Westgate Arcade.

The project will start next month and the hope is that the new look will attract retailers to the arcade, which was built in the 1930s.

These plans represent a real commitment from Queensgate to independent businesses.

Gerry Sondh

The plans include new signage, tiling and fascias and the introduction of a blue/grey colour palette to create a chic appearance.

A new lighting scheme will also be installed, using low energy and LED lighting to give a soft ambience and also lower its environmental impact.

The arcade was the city’s first indoor arcade and linked Cumbergate to Westgate.

It is now a key part of the Queensgate Shopping Centre.

Sam Eastwood, centre director at Queensgate Shopping Centre, said: “Westgate Arcade is an important part of Queensgate and home to some fantastic independent Peterborough retailers.

“The new look and changes will bring an even greater variety of independent businesses to the arcade that will lift the already excellent choice of businesses.”

The plans have been presented to existing retailers in Westgate Arcade, which have received much praise.

Gerry Sondh, owner of The Oculist, an independent boutique optician in Westgate Arcade, said: “We welcome these plans as they represent a real commitment from Queensgate to independent businesses.

“Combined with the plans to refurbish the rest of the centre, Queensgate’s position as the number one shopping centre in the region will be assured.”

The Westgate Arcade upgrade is part of a four-phase plan by Lend Lease and Invesco, owners of Queensgate, to upgrade the shopping centre.

The plans follow significant investment in the centre’s car parks in the last 12 months, together with a number of key additions to Queensgate line-up of leading retailers and restaurants.