Plans for Lewis’s to be transformed into shopping & leisure centre

The owners of the icon Lewis’s building, situated next door to The Watson Building, say they want to turn it into a shopping and leisure centre called Circus.


The building which is owned by developer Angur also developed the landmark Unity tower in Liverpool in the 2000s. Mr Mann, Anur’s boss, said: “We’ll be bringing Lewis’s back to life.


“We are in conversation with a number of key potential tenants, including cinema operators and with large leisure and restaurant groups, who all appear keen to be linked with us.


“They know what an iconic building Lewis’s is. It’s next to the station with its large footfall, and the Knowledge Quarter is very important to us too.”


The new Circus scheme will open up the walkway through Lewis’s, with shoppers able to walk through to the main Circus development behind.


The empty shops in the ground floor of Lewis’s in Ranelagh Street will also be brought into use.


Why will it be called ‘Circus’?


Augur wanted to come up with a fresh name for the development. The faded old Central Village signs on Lewis’s have now been taken down and will soon be replaced with Circus signs.


Mr Mann said: “Circus has various connotations. It’s a meeting place, like Oxford Circus or Paradise Circus in Birmingham – and we want to create a public meeting point.


“The scheme is going to be led by retail, restaurants and leisure, and there will be a cinema. So it’s going to be about entertainment.”


Augur is already working on a £1m refurbishment of the Lewis’s building, including cleaning up the stonework, restoring historic features inside the building and installing a new lighting scheme.


This new scheme is going to be a incredible facility next door to our office spaces and we’re excited to watch it come to life.


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