Our website uses cookies

Cookies enable us to provide the best experience possible and help us understand how visitors use our website. By browsing Retail Design World, you agree to our use of cookies.

Okay, I understand Learn more

New retail park given planning permission in Ashford

Planning permission has been granted for a new retail development in Ashford in Kent. Ashford Borough Council has given permission for the scheme – which it is creating with developer Castle City Estates – on Fougeres Way.

Architect Stephen George + Partners (SGP) has designed the retail park, which will consist of two retail terraces, split into six units and connected by an outdoor garden centre. The will also be a further standalone store and a café unit.

"Our client Castle City Estates and Ashford Borough Council wanted a quality development that met their high design standards. Having undertaken previous schemes in the Ashford area, SGP was chosen to bring a new approach to the park; still functional and honest but without the normal metal clad box like forms opting instead for a softer more natural feel,” says SGP director Stuart Hancox.

The design seeks to reflect surrounding woodlands with a minimal aesthetic and natural forms. Local natural materials, including bare wood, local field stone and galvanised metal finishes, have been specified.

Landscape architect Munro + Whitten has developed the wider area to include water attenuation ponds and swales, along with new tree and shrub planting chosen to boost biodiversity.

Construction work for the development is scheduled to start in February 2019.

Ashford has bucked the national trend for declining retail footfall, with counts for December 2018 up 27 per cent compared to the same period in 2017, and a 52 per cent increase during Christmas week, according to Ashford Borough Council figures. Marks & Spencer has, however, announced it is to close its store in the town centre.

What’s Hot on Retail Design World?