Bluewater to open again
June 15, 2020
The week before lockdown in March, Bluewater, the Kent-based shopping centre celebrated its 21st birthday. Since then, the centre has been largely shut, apart from Boots, M&S Foodhall, Holland & Barrett and, more recently, some takeaway food outlets.
Today, Monday 15 June, the mall is due to reopen – although, understandably, it will be a very different shopping experience, as Bluewater explains ‘there will be lots of new measures in place to help with social distancing, allowing you to shop safely’.
Our relationship with Landsec, owner of Bluewater, goes back to before the complex was opened in 1999. In fact, the entire development, including the connecting road infrastructure, is based on our topographical and cadastral survey data.
Over the past two decades, we have continued to work closely with Bluewater, as the centre has developed. This has seen us delivering on a diverse range of professional services including land surveys, underground services surveys, measured building surveys and property measurement surveys.
Last year we were involved with the opening of the new 46,000 sq ft Primark store at Bluewater. We undertook an as-built measurement survey of the new shell store for handover to Primark from Landsec to ensure delivery of the proposed unit met with the design plans. Additional work included as-built GIA/NIA Lettable Area Calculations of the unit to quantify the useable space in line with RICS Property Measurement.
“It has been a very difficult few months for us all, but particularly our clients in the retail sector,” says John Witherden, Managing Director at Aworth Survey Consultants. “We wish Bluewater well as the doors reopen again and hope that everyone there and shoppers keep safe and well.”