New Southern Quarter Scheme Approved

Plans for the first phase of the redevelopment of Telford Shopping Centre have been given the green light by Telford & Wrekin Council.

To be known as The Southern Quarter, the project will see five or six restaurants and cafés totalling 26,500 sq ft built on the site of the former FOCUS store, nicknamed the ‘Green Shed’, which has already been demolished in anticipation.   Work on the Southern Quarter could start as early as Spring 2015.

Situated adjacent to the new cinema and popular restaurants at Southwater, the Southern Quarter will further enhance Telford’s food & beverage offer and provide a vibrant link between the new ASDA store, Southwater and the shopping centre.

The cafés and restaurants will be housed in a contemporary new building, designed by Benoy, which features an elegant curved façade and a striking ‘gateway’ tower facing Brown Elm car park.  The new building will create a strong sense of arrival to the revitalised town centre.  At the same time, a newly paved area with extensive landscaping will provide space for outdoor seating.

The proposals are the first part of the five-year masterplan for the transformation of the 1 million sq ft shopping centre, which was given the green light by Telford & Wrekin Council at the end of 2013. The Southern Quarter plans closely reflect the key development design principles set out in the masterplan.