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Approx. 6,000 sqm of commercial floorspace designed and configured for smaller retailers and leisure operators

Development of a hotel of up to 130 bedrooms

Development of up to 300 units of purpose-built student accommodation

The creation of a new public square overlooking the River Wear, with views of the World Heritage Site and wider City


The retention of the 400-space multi-storey car park on the scheme’s lower levels


The key objective of the current project is to ensure Prince Bishops Place is viable for all and sustainable over the long term, with a broader mix of uses to attract visitors, increase the amount of time they spend at the scheme and make the centre thrive once more.

In order to facilitate this, the largely empty upper floors of the centre would be demolished and redeveloped to introduce a new residential population, in the form of a hotel and purpose built student accommodation (PBSA). New leisure attractions and exciting and attractive public spaces would also be created to increase the dwell-time of visitors. We are also trying to attract more local and independent retailers to the scheme at High Street level by reconfiguring the existing shop floorplates.

In terms of sustainability, the redeveloped centre would include a range of technologies including air source heat pumps, photovoltaics and enhanced EV charging provision.

Work would begin with the demolition of the upper levels of the shopping centre down to High Street (mall level). The proposed mix of new development would be as follows: 

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Proposed Mall Level Masterplan

Proposed Mall Level

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Proposed First Floor Level Masterplan

Proposed First Floor Level

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