RivingtonHark

Hark Group acquires Rivington Land

Hark Group, one of the UK’s leading retail asset managers with a focus on transforming town and city centres, announces the acquisition of Rivington Land, the development management business that specialises in complex urban environments.

The new enlarged company will be named RivingtonHark and will immediately become one of the most active and experienced teams focused on delivering the rejuvenation of UK town centres through specialist development and asset management, at the outset managing projects with a value in excess of £700 million.

Hark Group, one of the UK’s leading retail asset managers with a focus on transforming town and city centres, announces the acquisition of Rivington Land, the development management business that specialises in complex urban environments. The new enlarged company will be named RivingtonHark and will immediately become one of the most active and experienced teams focused on delivering the rejuvenation of UK town centres through specialist development and asset management, at the outset managing projects with a value in excess of £700 million.

Working alongside local authorities, pension funds and private equity investors, RivingtonHark will invest in mixed use projects to create vibrant and sustainable places where people will want to work, live and play.

RivingtonHark is already working on major projects including Swansea, Liverpool, Chester, Norwich, Newcastle, Lincoln and Bury, all of which involve the repurposing and repositioning of retail to varying degrees and incorporate a wide range of new uses including a new arena and conference centre, residential accommodation, offices, public realm and leisure uses.

David Lewis, founder of Rivington Land, joins Mark Williams and David Henderson-Williams as Board Director and co-owner of the business. David Lewis will continue to focus on development, Mark Williams will lead the investment side and David Henderson-Williams will run the asset management team.

David Lewis commented, “Both companies are passionate about town centres and share an optimism about their future in this evolutionary market. There are very few businesses in the UK that can match our level of expertise and enthusiasm for delivering meaningful change. Combining forces is the right way to grow the company and position ourselves to take full advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.”

David Henderson-Williams, founder of Hark Group remarked, “The two firms are highly complementary in terms of personnel, skills and corporate relationships.  The combination of our abilities to invest, our proven asset management track records and Rivington’s exceptional development management capabilities, points towards a very exciting future.”

Mark Williams, Director of Hark and former president of Revo said, “I have known David Lewis professionally for over 15 years since his time at Centros Miller and have great respect for his career achievements including establishing Rivington as a significant development management business. I am very much looking forward to working with David and his vastly experienced team to grow our business together. I think that everyone accepts that investing in retail means you must have the ability and imagination to transform places, which we now have it in abundance. We have recently strategically teamed up with new investment partners and the combined resources will allow us to significantly add to our already diverse portfolio of high profile projects.”


Sceptre Award Nomination

Mill Gate has been shortlisted for a Sceptre Award for Customer Service.

The Sceptre Awards recognise the best practice and the best people in the Shopping Centre industry.

They are the pre-eminent accolades in the Shopping Centre industry, putting the spotlight on management teams, retailers and suppliers that demonstrate real excellence.


Rivington Land has been appointed by Newcastle City Council

Rivington Land has been appointed by Newcastle City Council

Rivington Land has been appointed by Newcastle City Council on a 2-year commission to oversee the phased transformation of the city centre’s retail core. The enhancements will include a variety of place-making investments along with servicing and access changes.


Marine Street Social signs for Barons Quay, Northwich

Regional F&B operator Marine Street Social has signed in Barons Quay, Northwich for its second branch. It will occupy 10,000 sqft over two levels to recreate its wet-led offer including cocktails and street food.

Described as a food and drink market where people can dance and socialise, watch out for some exciting events when they open in June.


Sports Direct opens at Baron's Quay, Norwich

Sports Direct has opened an 18,000 sqft store featuring its new flagship fit-out in Barons Quay, Northwich. The new look shows the brand in a new light. Come and see it!


Superbowl opening soon at Castle Mall

We are excited to announce the next part of our evolution with Superbowl UK investing more than £2m to bring a state of the art Ten Pin Bowling offer to the heart of Norwich.

The new Superbowl UK unit in Castle Mall will comprise 12 Ten-Pin bowling lanes as well as a Crazy Club soft play centre, Ninja Tag active obstacle assault course and a SEGA prize zone arcade. They’re also planning a stylish food diner and bar.

The planned opening is Summer 2019 and the well-known bowling operator shall not only be using local trades through the fit-out process, but also create 35 new jobs once open.

Company Director at Superbowl UK, Kate Quaintance-Blackford, said: “Superbowl UK Norwich presents us with an exciting opportunity to bring our distinctive brand of Family Entertainment to Norfolk, where we believe it will prove extremely popular. The unit is in a prominent location within Castle Mall and we’re confident our late opening hours will drive footfall during off-peak periods such as weekday evenings and enhance Norwich’s leisure offering.”

Robert Bradley, Centre Manager of Castle Mall commented, “We are always looking at ways to improve the fun-filled activities for family and friends that are provided at Castle Mall and believe that Superbowl UK will be an excellent addition to the centre. It will complement the new dining offers that are opening on Timberhill Terrace and is in line with our overall strategy to transform Castle Mall into Norwich’s first choice for shopping, dining and leisure. We are extremely excited to be welcoming Superbowl UK in 2019 and look forward to announcing further developments in the coming months.”


PureGym To Open In Castle Mall

We are really excited to announce an investment of £1.5m by PureGym to bring their highly successful affordable gym concept to the heart of Norwich.

The new PureGym at Castle Mall will feature a combination of fixed and free weights zones, a large functional area, cardio machines and class studios. It will be PureGym’s second site in the city. PureGym plans to open Summer 2019 creating 18 new jobs.

PureGym will occupy a 16,000 sq ft space in the new leisure quarter of our evolving scheme – they will be occupying the old Argos unit next to New Look, with 24/7 access from Timberhill.

We are converting over 50,000 sq ft of space to create the leisure quarter. This area will bring a mix of experiences to the city centre, with Superbowl opening in Summer 2019 too.

Property Director at Pure Gym, Duncan Costin, said, “Castle Mall’s new leisure quarter has given us an ideal opportunity to bring our offer to the people of Norwich. We’re currently on site fitting out the former Lidl Store on Aylsham Road to the North of the City and this site will complement it perfectly. Norwich has been a long time target for us and to have two sites opening within the space of a few months is fantastic news.”

Robert Bradley, Centre Manager of Castle Mall commented: “PureGym is a great fit for our new leisure quarter. Today’s changing consumer is spending more on leisure experiences than ever before – as much as 43% of discretionary expenditure – and so by creating a strong leisure offer we aim to be the city’s leading destination for entertainment, leisure, dining and shopping.


Celebrating 50 Years

This year, we’re celebrating 50 Years of St Johns Shopping Centre.

From 1969 to present day, St Johns has provided a range of shops catering for all shoppers needs. So if you’re looking for the top fashion and beauty trends, homeware or gadgets, we’ve probably got it right here.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, we have a variety of exciting activities and events coming your way.

Watch this space!

Keep an eye on our latest events at St John’s please visit their Facebook page. 


New Year, New Stores

New Year, New Stores

Two new stores have joined the St Johns family! Travel agency Perfect Getaways and Asian Restaurant Rock Spice opened their doors to the shoppers at large. With a perfect introduction, both retailers are set to have a great future alongside St Johns’ existing stores.

Just a stone’s throw away from Liverpool Lime Street, St Johns Shopping Centre is the go-to location for anyone that wants to find a great deal with an even better atmosphere. With a mix of local and national brands, there’s something for everyone at this central retail hub, with Aldi, Wilko and Matalan all in the mix.

General manager Neil Ashcroft said:
“St Johns has been part of the fabric of Liverpool for a very long time, and it’s important that we continue to both invest in our existing retailers and attract new stores to the centre. We are always looking to bring in more variety and choice for our shoppers.”

We’re known for being home to some great local indies and have built our reputation on being an eclectic mix with big and small. With the addition of these new stores, we are really looking forward to a great few months ahead.”




VINCI Construction appointed for Chester Northgate

After a Europe-wide competition by Cheshire West & Chester Council – assisted by Rivington Land – VINCI Construction has been appointed as preferred bidder for the first phase of the Chester Northgate development. Construction work is expected to start in Autumn 2019, following further work to finalise the detailed design.