£150 Million Fosse Park Expansion Plans Given Go Ahead

Fosse Park's New Design Outside Outfit Store


Plans for Fosse Park to be expanded, were recently approved at a Blaby District Council Planning Committee.


Castle Acres will be a retail and leisure development next to Fosse Park where Everards site is currently located. However, it has the potential to be fully integrated with Fosse Park to create a single, expanded retail destination.


The project will include a range of new shops, restaurants and cafes covering approximately 288,000sq ft of floor space.


“In addition, Castle Acres could create up to 1,000 full-time jobs for the local people therefore benefiting the local economy. Two confirmed occupiers include a 90,000sq ft landmark Next store and a 34,000sq ft TK Maxx store..


Furthermore, the new car park’s layout will allow for over 850 cars. Included in this space will be 30 wheelchair bays and 12 parent/child spaces.


Crown Estate, owners of Fosse Park, Everards, the site owners, and Enderby-based Next will all be involved in the £150 million development.


“The approval of Castle Acres is excellent news for the district,” said Jane Toman, chief executive of Blaby District Council. “Fosse Park is one of the biggest shopping areas in Britain and we are proud to have it in our area.”


Fosse Park already covers around 580,000sq ft of shops and attracts more than 10 million shoppers a year.


The approval for Castle Acres followed an 18-month process, but construction won’t start till autumn next year, while the opening date won’t be till around Christmas time in 2019.


A birds eye view of the Fosse Park area
A = Fosse Park
B = Land for Everards Meadows
C = Land for Castle Acres (Everards current location)


Everards Food and Drink Park


The expansion will see Everards relocate to a new development. In order to fund the relocation Everards wants to sell its 12-acre site to Fosse Park owners the Crown Estate.


They plan to move across to the other side of Soar Valley Way and create a new state-of-the-art food and drink park, Everards Meadows.


More than 300 people will be eventually employed as a result of the relocation. This is because there will be a new brewery as well as offices, tasting rooms, a pub, a restaurant, a new retail shop and a cycling centre.


The planning permission was approved back in April.

The Fragrance Shop

The Fragrance Shop approached Display By Design to look at their current store fixture design.

Display By Design presented new designs and a manufacturing process that made the new fixture represent their current store look and feel, but giving The Fragrance Shop a saving.

We manufacture and deliver direct to store, for their contractor to install.

This was part of their store refurbishment plans to happen across the country.

Below is a store located in Poole that we have recently supplied:

Men’s Grooming for Next

Next gave Display By Design a concept unit to develop into a reusable unit. In addition, our client wanted the unit so that it could be easily installed and uninstalled by staff members. The complete unit was sent out over two complete pallets. Each box was packaged so that they could be easily lifted by a minimum of two people. Furthermore, an instruction pack was sent out with step-by-step instructions on how to assemble the unit within the pre-installed bays in Next stores.

The two columns which can be seen in the images had built in shout-outs that lit up to highlight certain products.

Next Skin Care Unit

After working with Next on another project, we were asked to come up with concepts for a skin care unit. The unit had to fit in with the existing style in store and allow room for some decorative plants.

Initial designs were of FSDU’s (Floor Standing Display Units) but after conversations with our client we moved towards a CTU (Counter Top Unit).

We carried out further development before agreeing on a final solution (pictured).

With this project we worked closely with Next from the initial concept to the final install of the units.


Skin Care Unit in Next

Waitrose Values Message

Display By Design were asked by Waitrose to create a way to display their values message in store. They were looking for something pleasing to the eye whilst effectively getting the message across.

For this project we decided to take advantage of our in-house laser facilities to etch the message onto the board. We changed the intensity of the laser to highlight keywords.

The board was then fitted with split battens so that it could be easily mounted in store with no visible fixings.

Furthermore we had to keep sustainability in mind. Initially we were making prototypes using a bamboo plywood board. In the long run we concluded that this wouldn’t be as sustainable as other options. In conclusion, this lead us to look at more man-made boards that were FSC approved.

We sampled various board laminates and veneers before finding the best effect for our client.

For more information on our laser and etching services click here


The Waitrose Value Message

First Mini Habitat Store in Sainsbury’s Opens

Habitat Mini Store


Since Sainsbury’s £1.4bn takeover of Argos and Habitat owner Home Retail Group earlier this year, plans to introduce the two brand concessions were accelerated. The new 61,000sq ft flagship Sainsbury’s store in Nine Elms, London, is the first to house the two brand concessions.


Within Sainsbury’s Nine Elms supermarket is Habitat’s first Mini Habitat. Furthermore, there are plans to launch another four UK stores by early 2017. The new Mini Habitat stores in Sainsbury’s are set to launch in Reading, Epsom, St Albans and Solihull. While plans for Argos are to either launch an Argos concession or click and collect point in every Sainsbury’s outlet across the UK. In addition, Sainsbury’s has plans to relocate existing Argos stores within its store network.


To help boost its multichannel growth strategy, the furnishings retailer, Habitat, is looking to create a network of regional touch point stores.


More than 600 products will be found within the Mini Habitat stores. Also there will be a range of price points across furniture, lighting, textiles, upholstery and homewares.


“This new relationship with Sainsbury’s offers the habitat brand significant growth potential,” says MD of Habitat, Clare Askem. “We’ve seen our brand evolve rapidly over the last few years and the opportunity to create a new network of local stores with a new national partner that will support our multichannel business strategy is a really exciting prospect. We’ll be working closely with Sainsbury’s on these pilot stores to understand the full potential of this format and gauge customer reaction but I’m confident that our brand will connect with Sainsbury’s shoppers and make Habitat more accessible to shoppers both on the high street and online.”


Everbuild Stixall Display

Everbuild were looking for a point of sale (POS) display to showcase their market leading product Stixall. The counter top display (CTU) demonstrates the products ability to stick to a variety of different substrates but in an eye catching way, as briefed. We came up with a concept for the Everbuild branded product that we believed would stand out on a counter. Our designers put together a 3D visual which the Everbuild representatives were happy with. We went ahead with the project and manufactured and delivered over 700 of these displays for Everbuild to distribute to the resellers around the UK.

Everbuild was bought by Sika Ltd nearly 3 years ago so is now part of the worldwide group of Sika AG. They have a customer base in excess of 7,000 customers made up of builder merchants, independents and nationals.

LEGO Flagship Store to Open in London

Concept Visual of new flagship store


London’s Leicester Square is set to be the home for the new LEGO flagship store. The new landmark store will be the biggest LEGO Brand Retail Store in the world. This is due to the store standing two floors tall and spreading over 5,420 sq ft. This will consequently make it a must see tourist attraction for anyone who finds themselves in the capital.


Scale models of both the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are set to sell in the store. The Big Ben model will even include a scale version of the Big Ben bell. More than 200,000 bricks are being used to build the Big Ben model. Therefore it will take an estimated 2,280 hours to complete. Once completed, the model will dominate both levels.


Furthermore, the new flagship store will boast interactive technology. This technology has not yet been seen in any of the currently existing LEGO stores. In addition to the technology, the store will present a host of other exciting features. These will include a LEGO retail environment, exclusive product sets, hands-on building areas, building demonstrations and a Pick & Build Brick Wall.


“We want to inspire and develop children across the globe through creative LEGO play experiences, and our LEGO Brand Retail Stores allows children, parents and fans to explore the many different LEGO products while getting a truly unique and immersive experience of the LEGO brand,” said Loren Shuster, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at the LEGO Group.


“I am looking forward with excitement to November 17th, where children and parents are invited to experience a world beyond their imagination as they venture for the first time inside the new store. I am sure that the unique brick-built symbols of London featured in the store will excite fans worldwide as well as in the UK.”


Lester the tea-drinking LEGO Minifigure will also be exclusive to the Leicester Square store.


The opening is set to take place on November 17th.


The LEGO Group


The LEGO Group currently owns and operates 130 LEGO Brand Stores worldwide. The new central London location is set to be the 14th in the UK alone. The Danish family-owned company also has several amusement parks around the world.


While it was found back in 1932 it wasn’t until 2015 that it became the world’s largest toy company, in terms of revenue.


Liverpool ONE Announces New Signings

On terrace of Liverpool ONE


Later this year three new international brands will be opening on Paradise Street due to shopping centre, Liverpool ONE signing them.


Australian stationery brand Smiggle has signed up for a 700 sq ft store. Another brand that has signed up is Swiss chocolatier Lindt. They will be making their debut next door with a 1,000 sq ft space. While opposite will be Jack Wolfskin, the German outdoor clothing and equipment brand. They will be opening a 3,000 sq ft store.


In addition to the international brands, opening above Lindt and Smiggle will be Cosy Club. The restaurant offers a relaxed experience. There is casual dining and drinking from a lazy breakfast to family lunch or a night out. It creates a sense of being somewhere special with a hint of nostalgia.


“These latest signings, three of which are international brands that have singled out Liverpool ONE for flagship stores in the region, highlights the sustained strength of demand. Following on from the highly successful opening of Victoria’s Secret last month, they reinforce Liverpool ONE’s position as one of the leading retail and leisure destinations in the UK,” says Miles Dunnett from management company Grosvenor Europe.


Liverpool ONE has had an invigorating year which has so far seen The White Company and Bravissimo sign for new stores. Furthermore, the opening of Victoria’s Secret on South John Street brought much excitement.


All four brands are said to be open in time for Christmas.


Liverpool ONE


Liverpool ONE opened back on 29th May 2008 in Liverpool. It is a shopping, residential and leisure complex.


The complex has over 160 stores, bars and restaurants, a 14-screen cinema, an indoor adventure golf course and a 5-acre park. As a result, it is the largest open air shopping centre in the UK and is the fifth largest overall.