PWA were approached by Hammerson UK to develop a leisure based scheme alongside their existing Abbey Retail Park. The overarching design approach to the scheme is to create an exciting new leisure experience in Newtownabbey; to create a destination with a real sense of place within the heart of this major retailing destination within the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough. The objective is to utilise the site’s prime location by creating a framework within which modern operators can maximise the presentation of their brand, with exciting and vibrant building frontages.
The leisure provision includes a new 9 screen cinema alongside 6 units designated for restaurant and cafe use which is set within a high quality hard and soft landscaped setting.
Whilst providing exciting frontages and units that are efficient to operators and end users, a key element of the design and orientation of the buildings is to work sympathetically alongside two existing buildings that protrude into the vacant portion of land.
The scheme has undergone an initial PAD submission, public consultation and is now submitted for a full planning application.