The newly refurbished Guildhall Shopping Centre in Exeter won a prestigious REVO (BCSC) Gold Award at last night’s ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The award for Catering and Leisure was presented to architect director Neil Sansum and the client team at Aviva Investors.
The renovation of the original 1970s shopping centre includes the replacement of several buildings and the refurbishment of the Higher Market and neo-classical Ambulatory, designed by Charles Fowler in 1830. This is now branded as Queen Street Dining, a new food quarter with 6 new restaurants and 2 rooftop bars which consolidates the centre’s food and beverage offering with an eclectic mix of non-generic brands. The judges were impressed by the ‘superb example of a partnership approach to produce a unique catering destination in the centre of historic Exeter.’
We also carried out extensive public realm improvements including a new and vastly improved setting for the small 13th century St Pancras Church, located at the heart of the centre, which has become a focus for lunchtime concerts and arts events. New signage and graphics were also provided to deliver a new, consistent brand image and a new lighting scheme enhances both the centre and the public realm.