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Harlow Town Centre, Harlow, United Kingdom

Tuesday 07 Jul 2009

Britain's 1st pedestrian precinct remodelled

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20/05/12 Matt, Harlow
No these plans were ditched after Stockland pulled out of the UK. Although the council now own these blueprints/plans, they'd need to find another developer and have the funds to complete this.

The town DESPERATELY needs regenerating and these plans did look fantastic. Such a shame Stockland bailed on this, could have made a lot of money.

Oh well, heres to another decade before anything happens.
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06/05/12 Rich, Hertford
Is this still going ahead? Must say looks very impressive and the kind of regeneration that the area is in need for.
26/04/12 Jade, Harlow
I like our town centre the way it is and I disagree with these plans. Some buildings need updating, but others don't.

Regeneration of English town centre revealed 

London architect, Engle, has unveiled to the public the first images of the mixed use scheme, which is set to transform Harlow Town Centre.

The 1.3 million sq ft project, which seeks to regenerate Britain’s first pedestrian precinct, originally masterplanned by Sir Frederick Gibberd in 1947, was selected in 2008 in a heavily contested competition. Engle’s masterplan, including over 500,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space with a new department store and food hall, new leisure quarter including a multiplex cinema, cafe’s and restaurants will be presented at the Public Exhibition, taking place from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th July. The Development Team – a partnership between Harlow Council, the developer, Stockland, and Harlow Renaissance – is asking people to come along to view the proposals and to have their say about the scheme.

Neil Morris of Engle, the award winning architectural practice behind this and many other town centre regeneration projects currently underway, said: ¨Particular emphasis has been placed on rejuvenating the extensive areas of public realm focused around a new water garden scheme.¨

Engle’s design re-integrates the northern area of the town centre and Market Square quarter with the Harvey Centre and the Water Gardens development to the south. It also includes 420,000 sq ft of residential space and a 60,000 sq ft hotel. Following public consultation during summer 2009, a planning application will be brought forward in 2010. Subject to planning permission the new development is expected to open in phases from late 2013 with completion in 2015.

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