Barnet shopping centre plans given green light

A £7m shopping centre extension will go ahead in Barnet, north London, following a council approval.

The Spires Shopping Centre plans include three new restaurants, public realm improvements and a new 24,540 ft² anchor unit for a major retail firm.

The centre will be significantly repositioned and occupy 90,000 ft² of space in High Road, creating 37 new shops.

The latest plans, designed by Leslie Jones Architecture, will build on the refurbishment of the main entrance, which houses an Italian restaurant and a gym.

Andrew Moffat, Fund Manager at real estate investment firm Hunter, which owns the centre, said:

“Barnet is one of London’s largest and fastest growing boroughs, as well as the most affluent, but to date the high street has lacked a suitable fashion and restaurant offer. Our plans build on recent refurbishment to deliver an offer suitable for the local catchment, which will help increase footfall and create an evening economy for Barnet’s high street.”

Richard Flood, letting agent at KLM Retail, which acted for Hunter, added:

“We are already seeing good interest from quality brands that are recognising the step change that the refurbishment will herald. There is no doubt that these improvements will enable The Spires to mirror the retail offer present in so many affluent M25 towns.