The crown estate opens 172,000 sq ft retail, leisure and dining extension at rushden lakes

The Crown Estate has opened two new retail and leisure phases at Rushden Lakes in Northamptonshire. The phases have brought 10 new retail brands, 14 cafes and restaurants, and five leisure and entertainment brands to the destination.

The West Terrace, a 154,000 sq ft leisure and dining destination, is home to a 14-screen Cineworld, including a 4DX screen (one of only 13 branches nationally to have this technology), a ScreenX, and an IMAX auditorium. West Terrace is also home to a number of other exciting leisure brands, including Rock Up, Paradise Golf and 360 Play. Nando’s, Five Guys, Zizzi and local brand Heavenly Deserts have also opened in the outdoor restaurant terrace.

Garden Square is a new 17,500 sq ft boutique retail extension, providing 10 new boutique retail units around an attractive public square. The development brings a number of new and exciting brands, including Beaverbrooks, Sketchers and Barbour.

Rushden Lakes is set within 200 acres of protected Nene Wetlands reserve and brings together the very best of retail, leisure and dining. The site is also home to The Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre from The Wildlife Trusts, offering visitors unique opportunities to experience the nature trails around the reserve.

Hayley Turley, Senior Asset Manager at The Crown Estate, said:

“We are extremely proud to be opening the West Terrace and Garden Square extensions. Our long-term ambition for Rushden Lakes was always to deliver a truly mixed-use destination which has a diverse, appealing occupier mix meeting the needs of the local community, and ensuring its long-term success."

Rushden Lakes has posted an overall 7.1% increase in like-for-like sales growth in the year to May 2019 and has welcomed over 10 million visitors since opening.