UPDATED: Radical new look for Friars Square entrance

Artist's impression of new look Friars Square entrance in Market Square
Artist's impression of new look Friars Square entrance in Market Square

Plans to radically change Friars Square Shopping Centre’s entrance in Market Square have been revealed.

The proposal includes a new glass-fronted entrance and Metro Bank replacing the space which Shoe Zone currently occupies.

Shoe Zone is relocating next to River Island, while nearby Taylors estate agents is unaffected.

The entrance is also being pushed back, with more space given over to Market Square.

Mr Simms Olde Sweete Shoppe is now located outside the entrance and there will be scope for Caffe Nero to have more outdoor seating.

The changes come after a complete rejig of the central space in Friars Square.

Shopping centre manager Andy Margieson said: “It’s a continuation of the development of the shopping centre which was originally built in the 1960s and refurbished in the 1990s.

“The aim is to keep it up to date with what a market town would expect.”

He said the bank anchoring the new entrance would be ‘very modern looking’ and ‘provide another retail experience’.

“It is not a fashion retailer but a financial retail experience that makes it easier for everyone, businesses and customers alike.”

A planning application was submitted to Aylesbury Vale District Council on Monday.

Mr Margieson, who hinted at more big announcements in the near future said, given consent is granted, the entrance should be complete by July 2015, with building work not starting until January to protect Christmas trade.

He said: “We are pleased to have submitted this latest planning application which is part of our ongoing strategy to enhance Friars Square as a modern retail destination.

“The planning application is the first step in the process and we are working with all stakeholders to bring the project to fruition.”