Peterborough’s Queensgate set for next step as plans win public support

An image shows how Queensgate should appear after a �30 million revamp.
An image shows how Queensgate should appear after a �30 million revamp.
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Ambitious plans to create a multi-screen cinema and restaurant hub in Peterborough’s Queensgate shopping centre are poised to take a big step forward.

The centre’s owners are on the verge of submitting a planning application to Peterborough City Council for the £30 million project.

Members of the public at the consultation on Queensgate.

Members of the public at the consultation on Queensgate.

It comes after Lendlease and Invesco’s plans to extend Queensgate to create a series of new shops, a restaurant hub and multi-screen digital cinema received an overwhelmingly positive response from the public.

More than 370 people visited the public exhibition of the plans last month and more than 300 questionnaires were returned with 98 per cent of people backing the plans.

Guy Thomas, head of retail asset management at Lendlease, said: “The feedback is invaluable and will assist us as we finalise our plans ahead of submitting an application in the coming weeks.

“It reinforces the demand for new shops, a restaurant hub and cinema at Queensgate.”

The feedback is invaluable and will assist us as we finalise our plans.

Guy Thomas

Talks are advanced with a leading cinema operator and a number of well-known restaurants have confirmed interest in space in the extension.

The project will also create 200 jobs.

Councillor John Holdich, council leader, said: “Queensgate’s plans reflect our vision for a vibrant city centre that is a leading destination for shopping, entertainment and business.”

Since Invesco bought Queensgate and Lendlease took over the asset management 12 months ago, eight new brands totalling almost 17,500 sq ft of space have been added to Queensgate.

About 370 people took the time to visit the two day exhibition on the £30 million plans for the Queensgate shopping centre.

And 300 visitors to the exhibition returned questionnaires about their views on the plans.

Some 96 per cent of respondents declared that they are pleased Queensgate is planning to extend its leisure offer

In addition, 82 per cent of the visitors to the exhibition who completed the questionnaire particularly liked the cinema.

Seventy two per cent singled out the restaurants as a key new addition.

The survey also found that 87 per cent strongly agreed or agreed the proposals will improve the shopping and leisure offer in Peterborough.

And 78 per cent believe the proposals will make them more likely to visit Peterborough.

Guy Thomas, head of retail asset management at Lendlease, said: “The level of positive support from the public for the plans is fantastic.

“We would like to thank everyone who attended the exhibition and took the time to complete the questionnaire.”