The Crown Estate secures planning consent for regeneration project at Angel Place

We have received a resolution to grant planning permission to transform Angel Place, part of Friary Walk at the Crowngate Shopping Centre, with a £1.5 million investment to create an exciting, modern shopping environment and rejuvenated public space.  


29 August 2017

Central to the regeneration plan is the refurbishment of the façade and main entrance to Friary Walk, which is already home to retailers including New Look, Mothercare and Vision Express. The frontage of Angel Place will be upgraded in a traditional style that is in keeping with the surrounding architecture.

The approved plans will complete the regeneration of Angel Place as a market place and public square, and enhance the character and appearance of the Historic City Conservation Area.  

The regeneration will attract a more diverse mix of occupiers, enhancing what is already on offer at Friary Walk, as well as creating new job opportunities for the city of Worcester”

Nicole Campbell, asset manager at The Crown Estate

The project will also see the reconfiguration of units within Friary Walk. With a more flexible range of uses, granted as part of the planning consent, the renovation of units will encourage an exciting mix of new businesses, retailers and restaurants to come to Worcester city centre.    

Our investment will revitalise this important city centre destination and attract more people to the area by creating a vibrant place to visit and shop. The Angel Place regeneration works are expected to commence in early 2018.

Nicole Campbell, asset manager at The Crown Estate, said: “We are pleased to have secured consent for this important regeneration project. It is a key part of our long-term vision to ensure Crowngate remains a leading shopping destination and will also help to preserve the character of the historic city. The regeneration will attract a more diverse mix of occupiers, enhancing what is already on offer at Friary Walk, as well as creating new job opportunities for the city of Worcester.”

Friary Walk is part of the Crowngate Shopping Centre, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and welcomes 13 million shoppers a year. Since its development in 1992, The Crown Estate has invested c.£5 million in Crowngate Shopping Centre. This investment saw the regeneration of Chapel Walk and the creation of the Crowngate Kitchen, a foodie-heaven which is home to Bill’s, Carluccio’s, GBK, Wildwood and Coffee Dough, the local independent cafe.

Crowngate Shopping Centre is an important part of Worcester city centre with strong links to the local community. To maximise the benefit it delivers for local people and businesses, Crowngate Shopping Centre has created Recruit Crowngate, an employment and training initiative which connects unemployed people and businesses in the city.

The centre also operates the annual BookBench competition, which invites schoolchildren to submit designs for a book-themed bench to enjoy reading and is now in its third year. Crowngate Shopping Centre launched the pollinator garden late last year and plans are afoot to launch a beehive project, to promote biodiversity in the heart of the historic city.