Victoria Centre, Southend On Sea

Working on behalf of Southend Borough Council, the Rivington Hark team acquired the Victoria shopping centre in December 2020. Rivington Hark are appointed as Asset Manager to implement next stage investment and occupation strategies. The scheme comprises some 340,000sqft of retail and leisure anchored by Wilko, Next, Boots, Poundland and New look.

RivingtonHark supported the Council and its investment adviser, Carter Jonas, on the due diligence for the purchase and are the appointed Asset Manager to take the asset forward.

As Asset Manager, the Rivington Hark team provide strategic and forward thinking advice to ensure this landmark asset’s long term future is sustained in the heart of South End on Sea. A comprehensive business plan is now in place and the team look forward to working with South End Borough Council to take it forward. The teams immediate focus will be to invigorate and revitalise the existing offer. The team will analyse and outline further investment strategies to ultimately increase footfall and support longer term business sustainability.

The Victoria Centre occupies a strategically important location at the heart of the town centre and the medium and longer term plans for the asset will evolve to ensure it is integrated within the wider regeneration of the town.

COVID-19 Update

Since the start of the Covid pandemic the Victoria Shopping Centre has instigated various measures to keep our staff, customers and tenants safe.
To comply with the latest national lockdown instigated by the UK Government all non-essential retailers and those not offering a click and collect service have closed.
In addition to this:

  • A Savills COVID risk assessment has been carried out.
  • The centre has instigated an enhanced cleaning regime with sanitising products.
  • Social distancing measures have been put in place around the centre, including a one way, keep left system.
  • Reminders encouraging the use of face coverings while in the centre have been put up at entrances and are played over our PA system.
  • Sanitiser stations have been set up at the main entrances and by the toilets for use by visitors to the scheme.
  • Card payments are encouraged in the car park.
  • The centre has also agreed queuing systems with tenants that need this and shopper numbers have been tracked at peak times.
  • We have also reduced the number of car park spaces available to match the reduced demand.

Project Details

Services provided
Asset Management / Leasing Management / Development Management

Client
Southend Borough Council

Appointed:
2020

Mix of Uses

Retail

Car park

F&B

Residential

Leisure

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