Breckland retail park, Thetford completes

Latest in a string of completions for Urban Edge Architecture

Developed by Stapleford BRP and designed by Urban Edge Architecture, the new 69,100-sq ft, £6.9m development replaces a vacant brownfield site on one of the main routes into the lively town of Thetford and has already attracted key tenants B&M, Home Bargains and Greggs.

Comprising five retail units in a single contemporary terrace, plus a standalone café unit and 6,000 sq ft of external garden centre space, the new Breckland retail park sits in an established retail and industrial site with residential areas close by, including the Kingsfleet development, where the construction of 5,000 homes has recently commenced.

Ian Townsend at UEA explains: “UEA’s aim was to deliver the best possible scheme for the client both in terms of maximizing developable area and also in terms of the quality of the design. The development regenerates a prominent brownfield site and creates an appropriate architectural response to a semi-rural setting. In addition to providing some 200 jobs, the development increases the retail choice in Thetford, making the town more attractive as a shopping destination and more sustainable by encouraging local people to shop in the town rather than travelling to Norwich or Bury St Edmunds.”

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