Shopping centre car park to be redeveloped as apartments

A Hertfordshire shopping centre has submitted plans to convert an underused car park into residential apartments, in a bid to boost the local high street by bringing people back into the heart of the town.

The Pavilions Shopping Centre, in Waltham Cross – owned by Killultagh Estates - has worked with TODD Architects and Broxbourne Borough Council to develop the proposals, which would see 8,800 sq m of space converted into 119 apartments. Accommodation would include a mix of one, two, and three bedroom homes above the shopping centre. The proposed homes will be contained in two blocks connected by exterior walkways, with a landscaped roof terrace and garden for all residents, and an indoor amenity space.

The current façade of the building will be replaced to establish a clean and light appearance, with glass balustrades and glass clad panels. Expanded aluminium mesh will be used to enliven the structure and the retail area will be reconfigured to include uniform shopfronts and a more welcoming entrance.

Todd director John Chapman says the redevelopment offers an opportunity to create a contemporary design, “That will turn underutilised car parking decks into a desirable and viable residential development. By bringing residents into the heart of the town, this development has the potential to boost the high street and its hard-pressed retailers."

He says that the plans are part of a growing trend for mixed-use spaces: "This is an important and exciting development, part of an emerging trend to add residential - and other - elements to shopping centres to improve their viability by creating a critical mass of people and attractions in one place.

“We've been able to use our experience of residential and retail design to ‘rightsize' the underused car parking decks, replacing them with a dynamic and distinctive addition to the town's architectural portfolio. The new apartments are in an ideally sustainable location, and its proximity to the local rail station will offer a unique opportunity for commuters when the town's Crossrail 2 station opens, by 2030."

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