Mace celebrates opening of urban regeneration scheme

The international consultancy and construction company Mace has announced the opening of the Lexicon Bracknell, one of the largest urban regeneration schemes in the UK.

The £240m retail and leisure development in Berkshire will create a new retail and social centre for Bracknell and east Berkshire.

The new town centre was developed by the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership: a 50:50 joint venture between Legal & General Capital and Schroder UK Real Estate Fund, which worked with Bracknell Forest Council.

The scheme was master planned and concept designed by architects BDP together with Chapman Taylor, with Mace as the main contractor.

The regenerated town centre now consists of one million sq ft of retail, casual dining and leisure, including the existing Princess Square shopping centre.

The town centre’s evening leisure options will be transformed by the opening of a 12-screen Cineworld.

The Bull – the Grade II-listed public house – has been restored and extended and will be used by the pub chain Young’s for its first site in Berkshire.

The remainder of the town centre’s regeneration includes one of the largest green walls in Europe, the refurbishment of existing shop facades, major public realm improvements, some 3,800 spaces in new or renovated car parks and significant highway upgrades to the local network, together with improvements to the key gateways into the town.

“The completion of the Lexicon is a proud moment for Mace,” said Gareth Lewis, chief operating officer for construction at Mace.

“It’s rare that we get the chance to help deliver a project that will so radically transform a town centre, and has the potential to drive so much sustainable economic growth.

“It’s been a big, complex job – particularly in terms of ensuring existing public realm has been able to remain open – and we’re delighted with the end result.”

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