And the Gold Award goes to…..Salmon Harvester Opportunity Fund (SHOF) for Cathedral Square in Worcester!
The £20 million scheme at the heart of the city centre has been awarded the Revo Re:fresh Gold Award for a “complete transformation” by the retail property and placemaking industry body.
Revo considered the scheme “an interesting blue print for other locations that are challenged by the quality of their historic retail space, as improvement to the public realm and surrounding environment has significantly enlivened this end of Worcester’s High Street.”
The Gold Awards celebrate the very best examples of development, investment and asset management. They reflect the diversity and innovative approaches to doing business in the retail property and placemaking sector.
The award was presented to Matthew Meaden and Nick Webb of SHOF at a dinner held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London and attended by a diverse range of companies across the retail property sector.
During a visit to Worcester earlier this year, Beth Wilson of Revo commented, “Cathedral Square is a shining and vibrant example of city centre regeneration delivered through successful public/private partnerships.”
SHOF worked in partnership with Worcester City Council, Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) to deliver a new square, as part of the redevelopment.
Cathedral Square has welcomed big name brands such as H&M, Cosy Club, All Bar One, Byron Hamburgers, Miller and Carter, Fitness4Less, Yo Sushi!, Kung Fu, Starbucks and Wilko and opened in May 2017.
Matthew Meaden of SHOF added, “It is always a real honour to be recognised by peers in the industry for your work. We at SHOF are very proud of this redevelopment, having brought some big name brands to Worcester and helped to regenerate a key part of the city centre.”
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Chair of Worcester City Council’s Place and Economic Development Sub-Committee comments, “Cathedral Square is a fantastic addition to Worcester’s city centre and I’m delighted to see it recognised in this way. The City Council is working to ensure Worcester continues to be a prosperous city and Cathedral Square is making a big contribution to our economy, especially in attracting evening trade.”
Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council, adds, “Cathedral Square has been a great success and has completely transformed that historic retail end of Worcester City Centre. Its impact in terms of enticing people to visit the city, and see all it has to offer, and boosting our economy has been fantastic. I’m delighted that Revo has chosen to recognise it with a prestigious Gold Award, this is really something the city as a whole can be proud of.”
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are delighted to hear that Cathedral Square has won a Revo Gold award. This is great recognition for a project that has modernised retail in Worcester and helped to boost the local economy.”