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Cushman & Wakefield - retail innovations at Future Cities Forum

Interior of Granary Square Brasserie, King's Cross, London

Future Cities Forum has been exploring the development of Granary Square and Coal Drops Yard at King's Cross, London. This development will form part of our retail panel discussions in January where we are looking at the latest designs and innovations in shopping and eating destinations with the help of Cushman & Wakefield, Benoy Architects and Bracknell Forest Council.

Featured above is the interior of Caprice Holdings' new restaurant which opened two weeks ago, called the Granary Square Brasserie, situated inside a converted Victorian warehouse, next to Central Saint Martin's College of Art campus and Coal Drops Yard.

Cushman & Wakefield is acting as advisor to the new Coal Drops Yard due to open next year as a new shopping and eating destination. Coal Drops Yard was built in the 1850s on the canal side at King's Cross, where coal was taken in from the north of England. Heatherwick Studio is bringing back to life the cobbled streets and brick arches in a scheme that marries industrial heritage with exciting contemporary architecture.

The development of Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross, London

Director, John Percy, who heads up the Retail Development team at Cushman & Wakefield in London, will be speaking at our Future Cities Forum in January 2018 about current and future retail trends in London but also The Lexicon, just opened in Bracknell.

John provides advice on mixed use projects and the future of our shopping places, including towns and cities, shopping centres and transport hubs, recognising the key challenges facing the retail property industry and how to drive value from sites that might no longer be fit for their original purpose. He has worked on Birmingham Grand Central, Brent Cross Redevelopment, Maidenhead with advice to Royal Borough of Windsor and the Town Centre Masterplan Review for Bracknell Forest Council.

He joins the Chief Executive, Tim Wheadon, Bracknell Forest Council on our dedicated retail discussion panel along with Head of the London Studio at Benoy, David Ellis, who has led the redevelopment of Woking Town Centre. Benoy has also developed international retail projects in Europe and Asia.

The second and third stage retail developments around the town centre of Bracknell are under current discussion and Tim Wheadon is looking particularly at how food retail and eating outlets will be used to encourage shoppers - as well as entertainment.

David Ellis will be talking in detail about Benoy's redevelopment of Woking Town Centre and comparing the destination and cultural needs of shoppers and tourists around the world.

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