New drone footage showing progress of Swansea’s emerging Copr Bay phase one district

Copr Bay phase one is being developed by Swansea Council and advised by development manager RivingtonHark

The video and photos give a latest bird’s eye view of attractions including Swansea Arena, the 1.1-acre coastal park and the landmark Copr Bay bridge. These new attractions will combine with new affordable apartments, business spaces and plenty of new car parking to make up the £135m Copr Bay phase one scheme. Its construction is being led by Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “The stunning new video footage and photos show even further progress for construction of the Copr Bay phase one district which includes the 3,500-capacity Swansea Arena, a major new coastal park, the landmark Copr Bay bridge and many other features.

“Construction progress throughout the pandemic has been significant, which is testament to all involved – from council officers and our main contractor to our development managers and sub-contractors, who have adhered to Covid safe working practices at all times.

“With construction of this new vibrant new district on track for completion this autumn, it means Swansea’s economy is in a very strong place to recover from the impact of Covid-19.

“This scheme forms part of an on-going £1bn regeneration story that will transform Swansea into one of the UK’s best places to live, work, study and visit.”

Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) will run the Swansea Arena, once it’s open.

Swansea Council is financing Copr Bay Phase One, with some funding for the arena coming from the Swansea Bay City Deal.

The Copr Bay bridge is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s Active Travel fund.


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Rivington Hark appoints head of Local Authority Partnerships

RivingtonHark has further bolstered its team with the appointment of Andrew Goodwin to lead its expanding public sector business

Andrew will build on the existing public sector platform that the business has established in an area where RivingtonHark sees tremendous value from their experience in delivering change.

Andrew has extensive experience in establishing working partnerships with local authorities having led town centre, regeneration, and London development teams in Donaldsons, DTZ and CBRE. More recently he formed Courts Mount Associates and ongoing work from that business will merge with the RivingtonHark portfolio.

David Lewis, Executive Director RivingtonHark said “Andrew joins us at an incredibly exciting time of growth in this important part of our business. Our urban environment needs increasingly sophisticated solutions to maintain their relevance as we emerge from the current disruption and both the public and private sectors continue to seek experienced specialist assistance to devise and manage the required change. Andrew will be a great addition to the team and brings with him a wealth of highly relevant experience”

Andrew Goodwin

Boom Battle Bar opens in Liverpool

St Johns has just become more thrilling!

As part of the diversification of the asset RivingtonHark are pleased to announce the opening of the much anticipated Boom Battle Bar.

The bar offers a unique mix of food, fun and frenzy; from axe throwing and shuffle board to bottomless brunches there really is something for everyone.

The letting not only enlivens a key entrance to the shopping centre but also utilises over 10,000 sq. ft of vacant space.

With over 50 years of history at the retail heart of Liverpool, St Johns continues to evolve and reflect the everchanging cityscape.

This letting targets an ever growing student population; one of the largest in the UK, keeping the asset relevant to people of all ages.

The St Johns mantra is Shop, Eat, Play & Discover and with Boom on board we think it’s the perfect fit!


Zoe Preston

RivingtonHark staff volunteer for local charity, Hackney Quest

RivingtonHark were pleased to let Zoe, our office manger, have time off to help support her local charity Hackney Quest during these challenging times.  Hackney Quest have been providing positive support to young people and families from Hackney since 1988.  They have developed their community services including parenting and nutrition classes, educational support, community volunteering and mentoring plus much more.

Zoe reflected “What a satisfying day and great way to give something back to the community by volunteering to help out at Hackney Quest, delivering hot food and food parcels to vulnerable families, elderly that are shielding and those from poorer backgrounds.  It felt very worthwhile to be helping out this fantastic charity.  Would definitely volunteer to help out again.”


Installation of landmark bridge marks a symbolic moment in the regeneration of Swansea

Over the weekend the installation of a landmark new bridge, which connects Swansea city centre to its marina and beach, was completed.

Described on ITV as “a vision for post-pandemic future”, the transformational Copr Bay scheme in Swansea reached a new milestone recently, with the installation of a statement bridge that will connect the city centre to its new live performance arena, Marina and its world-famous coastline.

The crossing serves as a striking visual representation of the work Swansea Council is carrying out to create an urban destination that brings together the best of city living and access to nature.

This latest achievement is an iconic moment in the £1 billion public sector-led regeneration of Swansea, which predates Covid and is a model for how cities can build back better post-pandemic.

Congratulations to Swansea Council and our on-site partners Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd for getting to this stage. At RivingtonHark, we’re immensely proud to be Development Managers on such a momentous scheme.

Please watch the full installation below.


RivingtonHark Secures New Council Asset Management Roles

RivingtonHark has been appointed to three new shopping centre Asset Management mandates by Local Authority investors: Victoria Centre, Southend; Baron's Quay, Northwich and Winsford Cross, Winsford.

RivingtonHark supported and advised Southend Borough Council on the acquisition of Victoria Centre, Southend and have been appointed to implement the immediate asset management business plan as well as advising on the potential reconfiguration and redevelopment options for the scheme.

The shopping centre occupies a strategically important “gateway” site and will play a key role in the wider regeneration plans the Council have for the heart of the town. The ambition for the Victoria Centre is to provide a reinvigorated retail offer and home for other uses such as a public sector hub, residential, office, health and wellbeing, etc to help provide a truly vibrant town centre environment.

Chester Council and Cheshire West Council have appointed RivingtonHark on both Baron’s Quay, Northwich and Winsford Cross, Winsford. The Council’s vision for both town centres is to create dynamic and relevant places with RivingtonHark’s expertise and experience in delivering leasing, placemaking and marketing strategies a key part of this.

Winsford has been successful in securing close to £10m of Future High Street funding. RivingtonHark will play a key role in developing the plans to regenerate the town centre, working alongside Cheshire West as strategic advisors on land assembly, leasing and placemaking to deliver a successful and sustainable future for Winsford. The investment funding will be used to improve the customer experience through environmental and public realm enhancements as well as developing the retail and leisure offer. While the work is done to bring these improvements forward RivingtonHark will focus on ensuring footfall and occupancy at Winsford Cross is maintained.

Mark Harvey, Director and Head of Asset Management at RivingtonHark said: “These are really exciting projects to be involved with as they are all aimed at revitalising town centres through asset intervention which is what RivingtonHark excels at and loves to be part of.”


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RivingtonHark is at the Forefront of Seeking Changes to the Rating System for the Retail and Leisure Property Industry

Mark Williams, Executive Director of RivingtonHark and other CEOs of major food stores call for an urgent change to the rating system.

RivingtonHark and a string of other retailers; Shop workers Union and landlords  have united to demand a “level playing field” in the tax system as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on high street jobs.

Ahead of the chancellor’s budget next month, the letter to Rishi Sunak warned that 15,000 jobs had already been lost this year in the retail sector and there would be “many more to come” without a string of reforms.

The executives and leaders of 18 firms including Asda, Tesco Pets at Home , RivingtonHark and Hammerson, argued online retailers should pay similar levels of tax to brick and mortar firms. They called for a permanent reduction in business rates as part of the shake-up.

A rates holiday, initiated by the chancellor last year to help retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, is due to expire at the end of March.

The letter said: “Reducing business rates for retailers and rebalancing the tax system to ensure online retailers pay a fair share of tax would be revenue-neutral, provide a vital boost to bricks and mortar retailers and support communities in need of levelling up.”

Mark Williams, Director of RivingtonHark commented: “The Rating system and its impact is damaging the health and well being of this sector. Put simply, there needs to be a level playing field between bricks and mortar occupiers and on line retail, otherwise there will be no high street to collect any form of tax.”


Castle Quarter, Norwich hosts new mass Covid-19 vaccination centre

England’s first mass Covid-19 vaccination centre to open in a shopping centre gave its first vaccinations on Monday 18th January in Castle Quarter, Norwich.

RivingtonHark, asset managers for Castle Quarter, has helped facilitate the first NHS vaccination centre in Norfolk and the first in a shopping centre in the UK. Part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history this centre is accelerating the delivery of the life-saving jab to the Norwich and Norfolk community.  The shopping centre’s food court level, given its central location, facilities and access to parking, has been completely taken over by the NHS for around nine months or until the vaccination programme is complete.

Mark Harvey, Head of Asset Management at RivingtonHark commented: “It is fantastic to see the facility open as we have been working on ways to help with the COVID effort since the outbreak last year. Our team and centre management has worked tirelessly with the NHS team over the last few months to ensure this Vaccination Centre could open as soon as the NHS were ready. I would like to thank all of those involved and wish the NHS Vaccination Team the best of luck over the coming months.”


RivingtonHark Grows Asset Management Team as Business Continues to Expand

RivingtonHark welcomes back Sarah McVicar to support Asset Management business growth

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah McVicar as Senior Asset Manager. Sarah rejoins the business following 2 years working at Chester West and Chester Council as Strategic Asset Manager where she played a key role in the Council’s regeneration projects including Chester Northgate; Baron’s Quay, Northwich town centre and Winsford Cross.

These projects required Sarah’s expertise and network of contacts across asset management, leasing and placemaking to deliver key initiatives including lettings to a diverse collection of uses as well as aesthetic enhancements improving the environment and customer experience.

Sarah has also spent 15 years at Intu Properties Plc responsible for the performance of some of the UK’s top 20 shopping centres including Lakeside, Metrocentre and Eldon Square, Newcastle.  This included working with the development team to deliver major retail and leisure extensions at Lakeside and Eldon Square.

We also welcome Isabella Hitchcock to the Asset Management team after completing a successful secondment period with us. Isabella joins from Knight Frank’s Retail Agency team where she dealt with leasing and acquisitions.

Mark Harvey, Director and Head of Asset Management at RivingtonHark said: “The retail and leisure world is clearly facing huge challenges and it is fantastic to have someone of Sarah’s experience and expertise join the business at this pivotal time as we navigate this change and continue to grow our business. I am also pleased to formally welcome Bella to the team and look forward to continuing to work with her in delivering investor objectives and developing her career. ”

Sarah McVicar commented: “This is such an exciting time for RivingtonHark with so many interesting projects to get involved with. Despite the exceptionally challenging market the business is thriving and I am delighted to be joining the team to help add value to the assets under their management.”


Let the games begin in Newbury!

Amusement Arcade operator High Score becomes the latest addition to the Kennet Centre, Newbury

RivingtonHark are the asset managers of the Kennet Centre on behalf of Lochailort and are pleased to announce the exciting new letting to Amusement Arcade operator High Score, who have taken 4,411 sq ft of space.

High Score is a free-play amusement centre, packed with over 60 games to either reminisce or play for the first time. From old school classics including Space Invaders and PAC-man to pinball, sports games and the newest arcade fun, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Put the pedal to the metal and go head-to-head with your friends on the latest racing games or challenge your family and see who can reach the highest spot on the High Score leader board. Whether you’re looking for a family day out, a date night idea or a fun-filled day with friends, High Score has got you covered.

High Score adds to the experiential offering in the Kennet Centre and given the pandemic and the second lockdown we are thrilled to have completed this letting and to see them open their doors on the 4th December.