Royal Victoria Place gains Planning Consent
Planning consent has been granted for an extension to the 300,000 ft2 Royal Victoria Place shopping centre in Tunbridge Wells. The £70 million investment will see an extension that includes over 175,000 ft2 of new retail, food and leisure floorspace, including the addition of a 8 screen multiplex cinema. The design has been sensitively developed to respect the surrounding heritage context while meeting market needs that will enable Tunbridge Wells to compete as a retail destination. Haskoll's design proposals include part reconfiguration of the existing centre to introduce 5 large format retail units which are intended for fashion brands (significantly underrepresented in Tunbridge Wells at present). The proposals also introduce a significantly improved entrance for the eastern end of the town centre. This new entrance improves both pedestrian flow and legibility while also affording the introduction of a new mall with family friendly restaurant terrace. The new food and beverage offers compliment the cinema use and will significantly strengthen the towns night-time economy.