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.

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.