ORA participated in a 2 day public consultation for the proposed regeneration of Westway Retail Park, Cumbernauld. Held in a different venue each day, over 170 people from the local community attended and provided valuable feedback including an overwhelming show of support for the proposal.
The retail park first opened its doors in 2007 with the first phase occupying the eastern side of the park but unfortunately due to various circumstances, including a dramatic decline in the economy in 2008, the Park was never fully realised. The current owners feel the time is right to complete the development and have commissioned ORA to prepare proposals for a combined Leisure and Retail Park.
The vision is to create a ‘Destination’ by incorporating a variety of spaces, differing in size, nature and purpose all within easy access of parking and sustainable transport links. To achieve this ORA’s has looked to create a visually stimulating environment that will draw people in as well as encouraging them to stay beyond the immediate purpose for which they came and to boost the existing retail provision. A further c. 450K sqft of additional retail and leisure uses is being proposed that will include a regional cinema with 8-10 screens along with a 75K sqft Active Leisure facility that houses, under one roof, activities ranging from soft play to climbing walls and laser quest. These will be supplemented by other symbiotic uses such as a varying scales of food and restaurant uses, a hotel, pub, food retail units, showrooms and a start up/incubator business centre.