Friarsgate Development

Property regeneration specialist U+I has announced that a selection of popular restaurants will be joining the flagship Friarsgate development in Lichfield, which is set to enhance the city centre and boost the city’s shopping and leisure offer.

Residents and visitors to Friarsgate, which will join seamlessly to the existing Three Spires Shopping centre, will have the choice to dine at Pizza Express, Zizzi and the Handmade Burger Company.

This announcement follows the news that The Light Cinema is also set to open a seven screen cinema in Friarsgate. Good progress is also being made on retail lettings for the mixed-use scheme and these will be announced in the coming months. Combined, these attractions will help to realise the project’s vision of creating a new destination in the heart of the city centre.

The new restaurants and The Light Cinema will be in good company, joining up to 7 more food and drink establishments, along with a gym, approximately 25 shops, 82 apartments and 11 townhouses. The combination of leisure and retail opportunities is expected to increase the city’s shopping turnover from £55m to £107m by 2022 and is forecast to create 660 new full-time equivalent jobs for the area.

Richard Upton, Deputy CEO of U+I, commented: “U+I is passionate about adding value to local areas, and the generation of jobs and growth is key to our approach. Pizza Express, Zizzi and the Handmade Burger Company will help boost activity, footfall and dwell time in the city centre, enhancing what Lichfield has to offer.

“Providing high quality leisure facilities is essential to the vision for Friarsgate and alongside The Light Cinema, today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to the success of the project. We look forward to announcing more brand partners set to join the scheme in the near future.”

Cllr Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council, said: “The plans for Friarsgate are really starting to take shape and we’re thrilled the scheme is attracting the interest of such high quality brands.

“When developed, these popular restaurants will no doubt be a huge hit with visitors and locals and will help to further reinforce Lichfield’s reputation as a quality food and retail destination and will bring even more footfall to our new and existing businesses.”

The development will also enhance transport connectivity to Lichfield, delivering a new bus station near to the railway station, as well as 500 safe and accessible car parking spaces. It will complement the existing retail, leisure and residential offering whilst preserving the historical and traditional feel of the city.