Moorgarth, asset manager and owner of the Waverley Mall, has submitted a planning application for the first stage of its proposed mall improvements. The initial works will principally involve widening the entrances to and from the Mall into Waverley Steps to address some issues raised by Network Rail and to create a more vibrant and welcoming entrance into the scheme. Having listened to customer feedback, the owners also propose installing new, and larger toilets in the Mall.
Customers will also start to see some cosmetic changes to the internal finishes in the scheme as the landlord pushes to improve the quality of the environment.
These applications are the first in what is proposed to be a number of exciting changes to the Mall, with Moorgarth keen to create a truly destinational shopping and leisure experience for its customers acknowledging the centre’s unique positioning in the heart of the Capital.
Moorgarth acquired Waverley Mall in March 2017, and already boast a strong track-record in shopping centre redevelopment. This is illustrated in Bolton, where they transformed the Market Place in the town’s centre, completing a comprehensive and complex repositioning of the centre to meet the modern shopper and retailer requirements. This included new restaurants, bars and a community cinema. Working closely with Bolton Council, they are a double award winner at both the 2016 and 2017 REVO Gold Awards– the UK retail industry’s ‘Oscars’.
With Waverley Mall, Moorgarth is hoping to have similar success, with a full review and desire to broaden the Malls offer and appeal. Key to this is understanding how the mall complements the city centre and how it can continue to play an important role within Edinburgh’s leisure and retail market.
Commenting on the submission of the application, Tim Vaughan, CEO Moorgarth Group said:
“Since acquiring Waverley Mall in March last year, we have listened to our customers, along with other Edinburgh stakeholders and extensively researched the Edinburgh market to understand how the centre can be further improved to better serve the people of Edinburgh and its visitors. This application is the first of a number of improvements we are wanting to make to deliver a more diverse and enhanced offer for the City.
“Whilst we still have significant work to do, these initial alterations and improved facilities allow us to begin this process and we look forward to sharing our future vision for the Mall as these plans progress. Edinburgh is an incredibly exciting place to invest in, and we hope that with Waverley Mall, we can play our own role as the city continues to go from strength to strength.”