Marble Arch London BID has appointed leading UK commercial property advisors Pragma and Gerald Eve to carry out an Edgware Road Insights Study which aims to establish an evidence base for future planning policy and infrastructure interventions.
The Insights Study is the latest in the BID’s transformative work into making the Marble Arch and Edgware Road area a welcoming and thriving destination, knitting together its diverse local community and businesses as well as undertaking ambitious public realm enhancements to create a vibrant shopping, dining and leisure experience which celebrates all aspects of the district’s cultural heritage.
The Edgware Road Insights Study will also analyse the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities presented by the current offer and development pipeline, allowing the BID to work closely with Westminster City Council, property developers and investors in the district to shape and inform future development projects.
The Marble Arch and Edgware Road district has already seen significant local change and recent investment, such as the mixed-use schemes at Marble Arch Place and 1 Marble Arch that are nearing completion and will bring flagship retail outlets and a new cinema, as well as a new office development at 136 George Street and a new residential scheme at 25 Nutford Place featuring a retail promenade on Edgware Road.
These investments in this district, and major developments in neighbouring locations such as 1 Merchant Square at Paddington Basin, will see a rise in residents, office employees and visitors to the district over the next few years, and the Edgware Road Insights Study will allow the BID and its partners to cater for the rise in demand and welcome these new visitors to the district.
Kay Buxton, Chief Executive, Marble Arch London BID, comments: “Edgware Road is a thriving retail and commercial hub within Westminster, providing shopping facilities, financial services and vital hospitality amenities to residents, office employees and visitors. During our first term we have undertaken several key improvements to the district including crucial work improving the public realm and highway across the district, to make the area much safer and welcoming for all users and visitors. The Insights Study will allow us to continue this great work as we move into what will be a very important second term.
“The need for this study was identified before the outbreak of the Covid-19 but we want to determine the impact the pandemic might have on the district in the medium to long-term and how we can help mitigate these risks as we help to kickstart the district’s recovery. We look forward to working closely with the expert teams at Pragma and Gerald Eve on the study which will allow us to identify challenges and opportunities within the district and work with the local neighbourhood forums to create a forward-looking vision for the future of Edgware Road.”
Pragma is the UK’s leading commercial advisor for investors and operators in mixed use, travel, and retail property, undertaking projects across all channels of the built environment, from shopping developments to retail parks, town centres to transport hubs, in-store and online.