Aviva Investors’ plans for a £12 million remodelling of Guildhall Shopping & Dining in Exeter have been approved by Exeter City Council. Work on the exciting proposals, which reflect the centre’s unique architectural heritage, begins in August.

Simon Green, Associate Director, Aviva Investors, said: “We are delighted that our plans for Guildhall Shopping & Dining have been welcomed by Exeter City Council’s planners. Our objective is to create an inspiring space for first-class restaurants, within the framework of the centre’s important architectural heritage. We aim to attract businesses that are committed to quality, innovation and great customer experience, and which will enhance and complement Exeter’s growing reputation as a destination city.”

Included within this second round of planning permission are extensive and sensitive plans to remodel Guildhall Shopping & Dining making the most of its unique architectural strengths.

In Higher Market between Market Square and Queen Street existing retail units will be reconfigured to create space for restaurants. The building between Market Square and Goldsmith Square will be redeveloped to include new restaurants and a roof terrace.

Public areas will be resurfaced, terraced seating introduced to the area around the historic 12th century St Pancras church and a ‘green wall’ introduced above the northern face of Market Square.

Owners Aviva Investors plan to attract quality restaurants to Guildhall Shopping & Dining, including national names new to the city and local businesses with aspirations to be part of the new look centre.

Improvements will also be made to the centre’s facilities, including lifts and toilets.

The design team have worked hard to incorporate Guildhall Shopping & Dining’s historic features within its plans in a sensitive and meaningful manner. As well as being the only shopping centre in the world with a 12th century church at its heart, the Queen Street entrance and Higher Market are also architecturally important – Charles Fowler, the architect who designed Covent Garden in London, also designed this element of the existing shopping centre in Exeter.

For further information about the Queen St redevelopment, please visit www.queenst-exeter.com