Projects

Below are a selection of Activate’s current projects, as well as those previously undertaken by the team. These span consultancy advice for developers, investors and local authorities as well as the operational management and re-positioning of various destinations.

Regenerate

Mixed Use Regeneration Scheme

Activate were recently instructed by U+I to provide a feasibility study of a potential mixed-use scheme. This included researching current local retail and leisure provision and analysis of the viability of potential options for the site. Initial evaluation concluded that a mixed use, independent-led solution, including a food hall community hub would meet the Council’s regeneration objectives.

High Street re-generation & masterplanning

Activate were recently instructed by a local authority on part of their town centre regeneration strategy, including re-purposing vacant space to include the relocation of the town centre market. The next stage will see a detailed viability study including financial forecasts, layouts and design options, building on previously completed customer research, trader consultations and competitor benchmarking.

Chester Northgate

Advising the local authority on the relocation of Chester Market into the new Northgate scheme, including business planning, lettings strategy, trader application process and expert witness at the CPO inquiry. Previously successfully reinvigorated existing market through marketing and events which increased footfall by 50%.

Shepherd’s Bush, London

Re-branded and operated Shepherd’s Bush Market. Implemented a range of placemaking events and campaigns to animate the destination and use vacant space, including; the introduction of “Little Feast” pop-up street food market into a run-down, derelict space and the launch of the “Models of Diversity” event fashion show to promote inclusivity which attracted a range of press coverage.

Repurpose

Prior to joining to Activate, the team have delivered an extensive range of placemaking projects. Below are a few examples of their previous portfolio of work…

Liverpool Shopping Park, Merseyside

Working with the Workman Building Consultancy team, Activate are exploring a number of options for an under-used gyratory area, by designing layouts and developing cost plans for new wellbeing, retail and leisure uses.

Lower Precinct Shopping Centre, Coventry

Activate have been instructed by Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) to assess the opportunities to improve the food & beverage offer at the scheme by creating a new food hall. The initial feasibility study includes research with local residents, visitors and stakeholders to assess demand, a review of existing provision and potential income analysis. This will then be developed into a full business plan for the chosen solution.

Old Spitalfields Market, London

Managed the re-positioning of Old Spitalfields Market from a traditional market into a successful mixed-use retail, leisure and tourist destination, by creating a dedicated event space for community and brand-led events and curating a programme of regular animation such as specialist markets, focused on independent, local traders, community groups, and large scale corporate events. Now rated amongst Top 20 London venues with over 10m visitors per year.

Market 41 Food Hall, Urmston

Completed a feasibility study for the creation of a new food hall in Urmston. This included competitor benchmarking, draft P&L, operating model, turnover rent modelling, and advising on the layout and design of the building.

Enliven

Prior to joining to Activate, the team have delivered an extensive range of placemaking projects. Below are a few examples of their previous portfolio of work…

Christopher Place, St Albans

To facilitate an increase in local, independent businesses taking pop-up retail space, the Activate team have been engaged to implement the digital marketing for the scheme. Incorporating web, social media and email, a content plan targeted at local businesses is being implemented, creating a pipeline of enquiries and new lettings.

Office Portfolio, London

On behalf of The KanAM Grund group, a German-based fund manager, Activate are designing a costed programme of activities across their London office estate, providing events, activities and local promotions and offers. This follows a comprehensive occupier engagement exercise to identify their requirements.

Aztec West Business Park, Bristol

Activate have been engaged to develop and implement a comprehensive placemaking programme to enhance the appeal of this business park. This is currently being devised prior to launch, through competitor benchmarking, occupier engagement through a combination of surveys, focus groups and interviews and an assessment of existing amenities.

Grosvenor Centre, Northampton

Assessment of options for void unit space within shopping centre, based on leisure and F&B opportunities, including; detailed audit of local competitors, new layout concepts including financial forecasts and indicative events programme.