Manchester Arndale set for £11m redevelopment & rebrand

M&G Real Estate and intu has announced plans for an £11m redevelopment of Halle Square at Manchester Arndale. The 25,000 sq ft space will be rebranded as “Halle Place” and will deliver a new contemporary casual dining destination at the heart of one of the UK’s busiest shopping centres.

Halle Place will encompass the ground floor of the existing Halle Square, which is already a key hub at the heart of the 1.4m sq ft shopping centre, and new escalators to link it to the upper level. The new dining destination will provide shoppers with a diverse selection of the UK’s most popular food and beverage brands.

Ahead of a planning application being submitted this week for change of use, a number of restaurant operators have already submitted conditional offers for the new units, eager to secure space in the city’s vibrant new dining hub.

Manchester city centre is home to a renowned shopping scene and the centre’s owners saw a significant opportunity to invest in improving Manchester Arndale’s dining provision to complement the retail mix. The Halle Place development demonstrates the increasing importance of providing shoppers with a ‘whole-day’ destination.

The design of Halle Place is experience-led, creating a sense of place in its own right within the busy shopping centre setting. Each restaurant will offer ‘al fresco’ style seating in the mall area, encircling a suspended public art centrepiece in the centre of a striking, open double-height atrium area.

Construction of Halle Place is expected to complete in 2018, subject to planning, and will include 10 different restaurant units and a café on the ground floor in the middle of the atrium.

Kannika Mall, Asset Manager at M&G Real Estate, commented on behalf of the joint owners, “Halle Place is a step-change for the food and beverage offer in Manchester city centre. The development will offer our shoppers a place where they can socialise and eat within an attractive and welcoming space. It will provide a new focal point for this part of the centre, increasing Manchester Arndale’s customer footfall and dwell time.

“The diversity and character of the brands we expect to bring to Halle Place will ensure shoppers benefit from a more exciting experience-led shopping destination, which in turn will drive stronger long-term income performance for the centre.”

Manchester Arndale is one of Europe’s largest inner city shopping centres. It is owned jointly by M&G Real Estate and intu, and is managed by CBRE. The retained agents are JLL and Metis Real Estate Advisors.