A scheme to create a new restaurant destination that will revitalise the Montague Shopping Centre in Worthing is all set to move forward, after being given the green light by planners.
Developed for NewRiver Retail, the plans will see the conversion of failing retail units to the entrance of the centre into high quality restaurants with outdoor dining space, along with public realm improvements designed to create an oasis in the heart of Worthing.
The shopping centre will also be rebranded to create a strong identity and a sense of arrival.
The refurbishment promises a new lease of life for the centre which, despite benefitting from attractive architecture and a prime location in a prosperous and thriving retail town centre, has experienced a decline in recent years.
CACI research has demonstrated that it suffers from below average footfall, frequency of visits and retail spend in comparison to benchmark town centres, as well as an under-provision of catering.
Steve Frith, Associate Director at Corstorphine + Wright Architects said: “The Montague Centre has many strengths and opportunities to thrive. We believe the new plans will substantially boost footfall and dwell time and create an immediate and positive impact for Worthing Town Centre.
“It will be the perfect location for this type of use, as the North/South orientation of the centre allows this area to experience continuous daily sunshine, creating the perfect conditions for people to dine or to rest and enjoy the outdoor spaces.”