The scheme will provide 265,000 sq ft (24,600 sq m) of new shopping, anchored by an 85,000 sq ft (8,000 sq m) Debenhams department store and 35 shop units. In addition, there will be an 850-space car park, apartments and a multi-use public venue building. The developer aims to start construction at the beginning of 2006, with completion scheduled for mid-2008.
In keeping with the vogue for open-air shopping centres, the design by Hopkins Architects consists of two open shopping streets leading from the existing town centre to a public square, which will be dominated by the iconic three-level Debenhams.
Centros Miller managing director John Laker said: 'Retailer demand for space in Bury St Edmunds is very high and the historic nature of the existing town centre has prevented many retailers from finding the space they require. Our scheme will provide retailers with a variety of large modern units designed to fulfil their requirements.'
Montagu Evans advised Centros Miller on planning. Churston Heard and Mason & Partners are letting agents.