Burberry shop inHackney in �5m London riots revamp
A designer retail village centred round Hackney’s Burberry Outlet Store is in the pipeline, after more than �5 million was earmarked to revamp the area.
The Burberry warehouse in Chatham Place, which sells classics from the famous fashion name at mark-down prices, is already a popular tourist destination and it attracts around a million visitors a year.
Now 12 empty railway arches in nearby Morning Lane owned by Network Rail will be fitted out using money from City Hall’s �70 million Regeneration Fund. Burberry will be used as a platform to lure other top designer brands to the area.
The boroughs worst affected by the riots were invited to apply for a share of the �70 million, in a bid to revitalise their high streets.
It’s hoped the overhaul will challenge negative perceptions of the area gleaned during last summer’s riots, increase footfall and create 200 jobs.
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The rest of the �5,307,500 grant will be spent on improving shop fronts in nearby Mare Street and Clarence Road – the area worst affected by looting.
Shopkeepers will bid for funding through the council.
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Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, said he was pleased their bid had been successful as the investment had the potential to create a “unique attraction” that could give the borough a “significant economic boost.”
“Hackney Central has so much to offer in terms of culture, vibrancy and opportunity,” he added.