Cribbs at the heart of the community.

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3750 permanent jobs
3000 construction jobs
More restaurants
New leisure
New bus station
New homes
More shops
New hotel

Welcome

Welcome to our website about the future of The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.

When it opened in 1998 Cribbs promised to bring the best in national and international retail to the South West – and it succeeded. Retailing has changed significantly in recent years and we want to invest to enable the centre to develop, so it can continue to deliver on that promise for future generations.

This website presents our exciting vision for a new retail and leisure quarter, which will provide a focal point for the growing community and the commercial, employment and education districts evolving nearby.

As well as the above, our proposals will bring:

See the plans

New bridge

The successful integration of Cribbs with the wider Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood growth area immediately to the south is critical. A new bridge for pedestrian and cyclists has the potential to become a significant local landmark and make local access easier.

Linkages

New green spaces, better linkages and routes for cyclists and pedestrians throughout the local area will help minimise the need for local people to drive to the centre.

Bus station

There will be a new bus station replacing the existing bus station with a more modern and accessible covered transport hub to make bus travel far more comfortable. It will allow visitors to capitalise upon excellent bus connections and new Metrobus services,
while work will be undertaken with South Gloucestershire Council to realise the Metrobus extension to Parkway Station.

Event space

A brand new events space - about the size of a football pitch – is being created and we are very excited about the tremendous potential this element of the proposals has for the local community. We have a number of ideas about how it could be used, including for outdoor events, markets or performances and we would welcome your ideas for this area in particular.

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Anchor store

A state of the art anchor store will complement the thriving John Lewis and Marks & Spencer stores and offer even more choice to shoppers.

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Restaurants & leisure

We want to grow the dining experience at Cribbs to provide an all-day destination with a range of restaurants, cafes and leisure facilities that will appeal to local people and visitors alike.

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New shops

There will be new flagship shops, including the new anchor store. A rich variety of stores to meet the strong interest from national and international brands.

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Hotel

Cribbs is the gateway to the South West and a new hotel will play an important role in meeting increasing local demand for rooms, encouraging visitors to stay in South
Gloucestershire to the benefit of the local economy.

Residential

Up to 150 new homes are proposed, further developing the residential community evolving in the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN).

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About us

The Mall at Cribbs Causeway is owned by M&G Real Estate, intu and JT Baylis.

M&G Real Estate, formerly PRUPIM, is the real estate fund management arm of M&G Investments and one of the top 25 real estate fund managers in the world by assets under management. It is the investment arm of Prudential Plc in the UK, Europe and Asia.

M&G Real Estate is a long term investor in the South West and its assets in the area are valued at £1.5 billion. M&G Real Estate’s interest in the Cribbs area extends back to 1985, when it purchased land in the area on which it subsequently partnered with JT Baylis to develop The Mall.

A FTSE 100 company, intu owns, develops and operates many of the UK’s biggest and most popular retail and leisure destinations, including nine of the top 20, incorporating super-regional centres such as intu Trafford Centre, intu Lakeside and intu Metrocentre, together with a number of city centre locations from Watford to Newcastle. With over 23 million square feet of space hosting top UK and international retailers from Apple to Zara, intu owned centres attract some 400 million customer visits from three quarters of the UK’s population every year.

JT Baylis is a Bristol based property company founded by the late Jack Baylis. As a major landowner at Cribbs Causeway it has been responsible for delivering significant infrastructure and investment to the area including the development of The Mall and the adjoining Venue Leisure Park in which it retains a significant ownership.

News

Planning application submitted for multi million pound investment proposals at Cribbs Causeway

Press release: 6 January 2015

The joint owners of The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, M&G Real Estate, intu and JT Baylis, have submitted an outline planning application to South Gloucestershire Council for proposals to develop a new heart for the evolving community in the Cribbs Causeway area.

The multi million pound proposals would create new retail, leisure and restaurant space as well as a permanent Events Plaza, which could include space for independent shops, markets and live performances. The vision contained within the application also includes new homes, a new state of the art bus station and a new footbridge to connect to the changing local area.

It is anticipated that over 3,000 construction jobs and 3,750 permanent roles would be created through the development of this exciting new quarter for Cribbs Causeway.

The announcement follows an extensive community engagement programme, during which the Joint Owners met with a number of stakeholders including elected members, numerous local resident, community and business groups and thousands of shoppers to discuss the proposals and answer questions.

Analysis of over 200 written feedback forms received during a public exhibition held over two days in October revealed over 83 per cent of respondents support the emerging proposals.

Philip Vaughan, Director: Development at M&G Real Estate comments:

“Over the past six months we have met with a range of local stakeholder groups, shoppers and residents to discuss our vision for Cribbs Causeway. We are delighted that the ideas we have presented have received so positively by the people who will benefit from them; the same people who live, work and shop here now.

“We firmly believe that the time is right to reshape The Mall to provide a greater focal point for the growing community in this part of northern Bristol. The scale of the investment proposed has significant and exciting implications, both in terms of building on what Cribbs Causeway offers now, and extending its economic contribution to South Gloucestershire and the South West as a whole.”

Shoppers provide feedback on multi million pound proposals for The Mall at Cribbs Causeway

Press release: 19 November 2014

82 per cent of respondents to date support emerging proposals for The Mall

The joint owners of The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, M&G Real Estate, intu and JT Baylis, have begun collating initial feedback from visitors to their recent public exhibition; feedback received to date indicates that the public support the proposals for further investment in the area.

The public exhibition, held over 24 and 25 October, gave shoppers the chance to review the joint owners’ initial vision for a new heart for the Cribbs Causeway area. Comprising additional retail, leisure, restaurants, event spaces and homes, the proposals respond to the changing character of the local area, where 8,000 new households are expected to be created over the next 20 years.

Members of the project team spoke with thousands of visitors to the public exhibition and collected around 200 feedback forms during the event, with many more visitors taking forms away to post back later. Initial analysis of the feedback forms received to date has found that:

• Over 82 per cent of respondents support the emerging proposals for The Mall
• 4 respondents out of every 5 outlined their support for proposals to create a large new events space which could be used for community events, markets and live music performances
• Almost 90 per cent of respondents outlined their support for the proposal to bring additional retail to The Mall
• Over 85 per cent of respondents said they support proposals for a wider range of dining experiences and leisure activities at The Mall.

The scale of investment proposed has significant implications for the local economy, with 3,750 permanent jobs and around 3,000 jobs as part of any construction work expected to be delivered through the proposals.

Philip Vaughan, Director: Development at M&G Real Estate comments: “we were pleased to see so many local people and shoppers attend our exhibition and the overall response to the proposals was very positive. We gathered some extremely useful feedback, particularly with regards to the proposed events and community space, and we will now review all feedback in advance of submitting an outline application to South Gloucestershire Council, expected at the end of the year.”

Public exhibition to present a vision of the future for Cribbs Causeway

Press release: 7 October 2014

A new heart for the Cribbs community is proposed as the owners of The Mall host a public exhibition at the end of this month to invite feedback on their significant investment proposals.

A public exhibition is being held during half term, on 24 and 25 October 2014, to consult with The Mall’s shoppers and the local community about their initial proposals. Plans of the area and visuals of the potential development will be on display around the central stairway by the restaurants on the upper level of The Mall and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The vision to develop new retail, leisure, restaurants, community spaces and homes is a response to the changing character of the local area, which is undergoing an exciting period of growth with over 8,000 new homes planned. A large new public space is also proposed which will allow Cribbs to develop its much celebrated events programme with community activities, markets and performances – providing a real hub for the growing residential population in the Cribbs area.

Thousands of permanent jobs would result from the investment, boosting the local economy considerably. Improvements to public transport facilities, cycle and pedestrian routes are also set out to make the centre more accessible to the many thousands living within walking distance, promoting greener travel in the area.

Philip Vaughan of M&G Real Estate comments: “We really hope to see lots of people on 24 and 25 October when we can show the local community and our valued customers an exciting vision for the future of their area. In particular, we want to invite ideas for the outdoor event space we’re seeking to create – to be able to shape that space to meet the needs of the community it is intended for.”

The exhibition will be open at the following times:
Friday 24 October – 12pm – 6pm
Saturday 25 October – 11am – 4pm

Owners consider a new vision for the future of Cribbs Causeway

Press release: 22 July 2014

In the coming weeks, the owners of The Mall at Cribbs Causeway – M&G Real Estate, intu and JT Baylis – will be engaging with a wide range of stakeholders in order to discuss their emerging plans and their proposed future investment in the area. This will be followed by a public exhibition later this year, details of which will be announced in due course.

The owners’ vision is to develop a new heart for the evolving community in the Cribbs Causeway & Patchway area. The ambitious proposals would bring new retail, leisure and restaurants, high quality community spaces and homes in response to the changing character of the local area.  The new retail and leisure created would bring about a more enticing and vibrant experience, reactive to growing customer expectations and fulfilling the changing needs of retailers.

The owners are long-term investors in the area and firmly believe that the time is right to reshape The Mall to provide a greater focal point for the growing community in this part of northern Bristol. The emerging proposals would create thousands of new jobs and significantly boost the regional economy. Furthermore, improvements to public transport facilities, cycle and pedestrian routes are proposed to transform accessibility and promote greener travel in the area. Cribbs Causeway would also gain a large new public space capable of accommodating a variety of community events or performances.

Philip Vaughan of M&G Real Estate comments: “When The Mall was built, it promised to bring the very best in national and international retail to the South West, and it succeeded. Sixteen years on and it is time to develop the centre so that it can continue to deliver on that promise for generations to come and remain the best-in-class retail and leisure destination in the region.”

“We continue to look at how we can make such a development the very best it can be, but it is very important to involve the local community in the process. This is a very exciting opportunity for Cribbs Causeway, South Gloucestershire and, indeed, the South West and we look forward to sharing more details over the coming weeks.”

Frequently asked questions

How old is The Mall?

The Mall first opened in 1998. Since opening, it has received approximately 200 million visitors.

How big is The Mall at Cribbs Causeway?

The Mall is home to around 135 retailers and restaurants, and has a total floor area of approximately 730,000 square feet.

Why does The Mall need to expand?

Modern shopper expectations and consumer trends are changing. We want to reshape Cribbs Causeway to make it even more accessible for the community that depends on it, primed to meet modern retailer requirements and equipped to respond to an increasingly multichannel future. This will involve building on the centre’s existing appeal by broadening the offer, creating new dining experiences, a range of leisure facilities and new retail stores.

With up to 5,700 new homes and associated infrastructure proposed through the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN), The Mall needs to adapt to accommodate the expanding residential community on its doorstep. New pedestrian and cycle linkages and a new bus station linking with the Metrobus extension will ensure The Mall is fully integrated with the local area.

What are the key elements of the proposals?

Our vision is to create a new retail and leisure quarter – the heart of the vision for the Cribbs Causeway area, with new shops, leisure, restaurants, community spaces and homes. As part of this plan, we also want to invest significantly in infrastructure, public transport facilities and improved pedestrian routes to further integrate The Mall with the expanding residential community at Cribbs.

What is the relationship between these proposals and other development in the area?

The Joint Owners of The Mall see these proposals as an important part of the wider development of the Cribbs area, which includes development being brought forward through the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN). A redefined and integrated retail and leisure quarter will complement the growing residential community and the commercial, employment and education districts evolving across the area.

Who are the architects?

The architects are Chapman Taylor, an award winning international practice of architects, masterplanners and interior designers operating from 17 offices around the world. The practice works across a variety of sectors, but has extensive experience in mixed-use urban regeneration. Key projects include Princesshay in Exeter and Trinity Leeds.

What will the event space be used for?

We have a number of ideas – including for outdoor events, markets or performances and are very excited about the tremendous potential this element of the emerging proposals has to enhance shoppers’ experience.

Will the development be sustainable?

We are targeting a BREEAM Very Good rating, which is awarded to developments built to highly sustainability standards.

What stage are the proposals at?

Following an extensive public consultation process, during which the Joint Owners met with elected members, numerous local resident, community and business groups and thousands of shoppers to discuss the proposals, an outline planning application was submitted to South Gloucestershire Council in December 2014. We are currently awaiting the outcome of the Council’s planning application process.

When will the work be completed?

A future start date will inevitably depend upon the date of planning approval and it is very difficult to say when this will be, given the size and complexity of the scheme.

The current expectation is that work on site would commence approximately a year and a half after approval of the plans.

How can I give my views?

If you would like to discuss the proposals, please get in touch with the project team using the following contact details.

Phone: 0117 322 6388
Email: future@mallcribbs.com