Sectors - Commercial

Nexus Win Retail Studies Trio

Nexus Planning have announced that it has won a trio of retail studies in London, Bristol and Bedford, where they will examine and advising on what the future of retail looks like in these three locations.

In Tower Hamlets Nexus will be advising the local council on their Neighbourhood Centre in the East of the Borough. Nexus will also determine the nature of the physical spaces which make up the centres. Along with this, they will also engage with local residents and businesses to get an understanding of how footfall might be driven down by each of the centres. Nexus will also be producing Strategic Visions for each of the centres in conjunction with offers and other local stakeholders.

In Bristol, Nexus has engaged to consider ‘What next?’ for Bristol City Council. The consultancy will carry out wide-ranging market research of both residents and city centre businesses in order to get under the skin of what makes the city centre tick and how it might be more agile when it comes to future trends. Along with this Nexus will also be responding to the rapidly evolving retail world in general. Nexus will also be considering the specific role of independent businesses in the city centre, as well as street markets.

In Bedford, Nexus is currently producing a Boroughwide Retail and Leisure Study on behalf of Bedford Council. This will primarily be concerned with the key town centres of Bedford and Kempston and will make recommendations for their future vitality and viability, including ways in which the town centre can respond to a post-Covid world

Rob Pearson, Nexus Planning Executive Director, comments: “In this time of great uncertainty, we’re delighted to be part of the resilience and recovery of these three British retail hubs. The task ahead is no mean feat as we emerge out of Covid-19. However, together with local insights from residents and enterprises, alongside our retail study experts, we’re looking ahead to and hopeful of a positive retail future.”

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