Dr Martens Camden Stables

Image courtesy: thehorsehospital.com

With news that House of Fraser has asked for a reduction in its shop rents after a disappointing Christmas for sales, we will be asking questions at our Future Cities Forum in January about the shopping experiences that customers are looking for in this new era where seemingly retailers are being asked to work hard on their offers.

One retailer that is set for expansion across the UK and Europe, is Dr Martens, opening a new shopping experience in the old 'horse hospital' in Camden.

In 1939, a network of stable blocks, horse tunnels and the horse hospital - the latter now the home of Proud Camden, a club and art space - were used by Camden Goods Depot, with at its peak harnessing 800 horses, pulling trains and barges along the Regent's Canal. Any injured animals were treated on site at the hospital.

The conversion of 4,000 square feet over two floors of the Grade 2 listed building has created new retail space and a special Virtual Realit