McLaren Construction has been appointed on the £90 million Phase II extension of Ashford Outlet.
The expansion is part of the Group’s 1.6 million sq ft active development pipeline coming through over the next three years across Europe and Canada.
McArthurGlen first announced plans to expand the outlet in 2014 and received approval from Ashford Borough Council in September 2015. During this time, the popularity of the center continued to grow, and now it welcomes more than 3.6 million visitors every year.
Planned to open in Autumn 2019, the 100,000 sq ft extension will deliver up to 50 premium and luxury brands, a new food area, event space and updated children’s play area, as well as 725 new parking lots. The expansion will also include the installation of living wall structure, and many of the stores in the second phase will be clad in tens of thousands of plants, all stacked vertically.
That will be Ashford Designer Outlet's first extension since opening in 2000. The existing 185,000 sq ft. center, which has the world's most massive tented retail structure, was designed by the renowned architect Richard Rogers who is famous for Lloyd's building in London and The O2 Arena.
Several new and exciting brands are already signed up to join Ashford Designer Outlet when it opens next year. Adrian Nelson, McArthurGlen’s Group Leasing and Brand Development Director, said: “We are committed to expanding the extensive range of brands already on offer. In the past three years alone we’ve introduced highly sought-after brands including Calvin Klein, All Saints, Diesel, Cath Kidston, Osprey London, Jack Wills, Timberland and Abercrombie & Fitch.”