"Although the well documented challenges of the retail sector feel seismic today, it's important to remember that many buildings change throughout their lifetime to reflect social and economic changes." Stuart Harris last night @LFPtalk #retail #Leisure #repositioning

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Milligan News

Nov 15, 2019

Back To The Future – Part 1: An intro from Stuart Harris

"In my new role at Milligan, I’ve been struck by the length and breadth of projects and expertise collected here over the years. Before joining, I was well aware of Milligan’s reputation for innovative thinking but I hadn’t fully appreciated...

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Nov 08, 2019

Stuart’s Cycle to MAPIC

Milligan’s COO, Stuart Harris is donning his cycle helmet and lycra this weekend as he prepares to cycle over 500km through the South of France to this year’s MAPIC. The ride is organised by Club Peloton and aligned with a...

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Nov 07, 2019

IKEA concept store goes from strength to strength in Zubiarte, Bilbao

The 'IKEA Design' concept store at Milligan development Zubiarte, Bilbao is going from strength to strength. Less than a year after opening, IKEA has further committed to the scheme. It is looking to expand its unique home design concept to...

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Nov 05, 2019
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Chairman Rupert Clarke joins RICS panel discussion

  Milligan Chairman, Rupert Clarke spoke on the panel discussion at the RICS Q3 UK Commercial Property Market launch recently. Unsurprisingly, the conversation turned to the state of retail, where Rupert shared the following insights and viewpoints:   “There is...

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Oct 10, 2019

House of St Barnabas Event

Last night the Milligan team welcomed over 100 guests to an exclusive drinks party in Soho’s House of St Barnabas. The event officially marked Stuart Harris joining the team as COO and provided an opportunity to update the industry on...

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Sep 30, 2019

Paul Hanegraaf asks the property world to be more nimble, speaking at The Scotland Development Conference

Milligan’s Creative Navigator, Paul Hanegraaf made a bold call to the property world, when he spoke on the panel at The Built Environment Network’s Scotland Development Conference this month. Explaining how consumer expectations have changed, he stated that in order...

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Sep 24, 2019

Zubiarte, Bilbao shortlisted for “Best Transformation” at the AECCs (Spanish Association of Shopping Centres)

Zubiarte, Milligan’s redevelopment which re-opened its doors in Bilbao last year following a dramatic transformation, has been shortlisted for a prestigious award at the Spanish Association of Shopping Centres. The project faces tough competition in the category as it is...

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Jun 28, 2019

Milligan in Growth – Reimagining Retail

We have today announced some exciting news that Stuart Harris, co-founder and former director of Queensberry Real Estate, has joined Milligan as a shareholder and Chief Operating Officer. Milligan, the team behind Inspiring Retail Destinations, announces the appointment of Stuart Harris...

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May 08, 2019

Mailbox hosts Harvey Nichols fashion show – Spring/Summer 2019

Mailbox were proud to host the Harvey Nichols Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show. It was a fantastic success for all involved.

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Feb 27, 2019

Zubiarte

Finished in December 2018, the stunning transformation of the scheme has seen three great store openings this month and four retail units handed over this year to open before Easter. It has been an extremely successful project with more than 30% footfall...

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Jan 10, 2019

The Year of Retail Experiences – B. Joseph Pine II

On the October 6th 2017, Milligan Retail was delighted to hold an event at the Natural History Museum for our friends across the retail industry. It was massively oversubscribed because we had invited the world’s top guru on the experience...

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Sep 13, 2018

Milligan CreativeTrade shortlisted for Walworth Town Hall Proposals

Milligan Retail is delighted to announce that Milligan CreativeTrade have been invited by Southwark Council to submit Stage 2 proposals to revitalise Walworth Town Hall including public access to arts and cultural space. In July 2013, the council put forward...

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Nov 02, 2017

Heal’s and MADE.COM now open at Mailbox

Heal’s and MADE.COM are the headline brands at the new 20,000 sq ft Homewares section on Level 1 at the Mailbox – the ultimate destination for homewares in Birmingham. For Heal’s, the home of design since 1810, this is its...

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Sep 07, 2017

The Mailbox transforms into a smart shopping and leisure destination achieving a world-first in retail tech.

Connected environment enables Mailbox’s shops and restaurants to interact with customers in real-time Location aware technology tracks visitors’ journeys and preferences, to personalise content based on their behaviour In-app loyalty programme rewards customers with money-can’t-buy  The Mailbox in Birmingham, UK,...

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Sep 04, 2017

Heal’s and Made.com Launch New Homewares Offer at The Mailbox

Heal’s and MADE.COM are the headline brands to open at the new 20,000 sq ft homewares section on Level 1 at the Mailbox, creating the ultimate destination for homewares in Birmingham. Heal’s, the home of design since 1810, will be...

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Apr 07, 2017

Atul Kochhar restaurant to open in Mailbox

Michelin- starred chef Atul Kochhar’s Not Really India (NRI) restaurant concept is to make its UK debut at Birmingham’s Mailbox retail complex in September. The new 5,125 sq ft site will be the brand’s first restaurant in the UK, following...

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Dec 12, 2016

Ribble to open at The Mailbox

High-end bike brand Ribble is to open at The Mailbox in Birmingham in early 2017. The retailer has taken a unit on level one of the mixed use office and retail scheme and will join existing tenants including Kitchen Gallery,...

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Back To The Future – Part 1: An intro from Stuart Harris

Nov 15, 2019
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“In my new role at Milligan, I’ve been struck by the length and breadth of projects and expertise collected here over the years. Before joining, I was well aware of Milligan’s reputation for innovative thinking but I hadn’t fully appreciated some of the challenges overcome, commercial successes and bespoke approaches all of which now make up a rich and insightful bank of knowledge.

“Those team members who repositioned Maremagnum in Barcelona, sold the MetQuarter delivering significant returns for investors and helped shape CenterParcs’ and Camden Lock Market’s customer experience into what it is today, are still here. Thanks to these successes they are fully equipped to take on the challenges our industry is now faced with and to maximise the sweet spots where retail, leisure and experience collide. Strengthened with my own experience of working on major regeneration developments for both the public and private sectors, we are providing clients and partners with guidance and solutions on a range of buildings, shopping centres, and town centres. We are finding our combined experience, cross-sector knowledge and future-facing insights is giving them the reassurance that we can find the right, bespoke solutions for each project.

“Over the coming months we’ll be bringing you bitesized articles and new content which look back at the exceptional Milligan track record. ‘Back to the Future’ voiced by different members of the Milligan team, will recount the learnings our team has gathered over a series of retail, leisure, local authority, residential and mixed-use developments and how we now apply them to our future thinking. I’ll also be dipping in to my own experiences over the last 15 years working on major projects in Barnsley, Bath, Belfast, Guildford, Newport, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

“We will bring to life, the six pillars of our approach:

  1. We recognise that everything starts and ends with understanding people
  2. We create place-specific, bespoke solutions
  3. We continually seek new ways to deliver value
  4. We ensure that the mix of uses enliven the space and build the brand
  5. We see things through from concept to execution
  6. We earn trust through speaking plainly and honestly

 

“Stay tuned to our social channels to follow the series:

LinkedIn

Twitter “

Stuart Harris, COO.

Stuart’s Cycle to MAPIC

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This is a brilliant challenge for a really worthwhile cause.

Stuart Harris, Milligan COO

Milligan’s COO, Stuart Harris is donning his cycle helmet and lycra this weekend as he prepares to cycle over 500km through the South of France to this year’s MAPIC. The ride is organised by Club Peloton and aligned with a number of charity partners. The main beneficiary, Coram is the UK’s oldest children’s charity and has been transforming the lives of vulnerable children for 275 years.

Stuart said; “This is a brilliant challenge for a really worthwhile cause. I’m not an everyday cyclist so this has meant three months of hard training, although it’s made easier by the fact you are constantly reminding yourself that you’re raising money which will transform children’s lives. We’ve got three days riding ahead of us starting in Le Puy En Velay and ending in Cannes covering over 520 km with nearly 8,500m of climbing!”

Stuart will fly to Lyon before commencing the route along with nearly 50 other cyclists from Le Puy En Velay, aiming to arrive in Cannes on Tuesday to meet colleagues Mike Anderson and Xavi Alemany who are also attending the conference.

It’s not too late to sponsor Stuart  https://my.race-nation.co.uk/sponsorship/entry/230623

IKEA concept store goes from strength to strength in Zubiarte, Bilbao

Nov 07, 2019
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Our customers want great service, convenience, a personal approach and good value, so it’s easy to see why this new generation of IKEA is doing so well here.

Xavi Alemany, Director Asset Management Milligan, Spain

The ‘IKEA Design’ concept store at Milligan development Zubiarte, Bilbao is going from strength to strength. Less than a year after opening, IKEA has further committed to the scheme. It is looking to expand its unique home design concept to further enhance the customer experience and meet customer’s needs, creating an area close to the car park where shoppers can return to collect orders, after creating their bespoke room designs alongside design specialists in-store.

IKEA is in the middle of a big transition to expand beyond its out of town warehouse model, to smaller stores in city centres. The design concept which majors on having IKEA experts on hand to assist customers in every aspect of creating their perfect living space also offers home visits as part of this consultation. The Swedish furniture giant opened more city stores than flagship stores last year in a move which reflects changes in shopping habits and the desire for more convenience.

Xavi Alemany, Director Asset Management for Milligan Spain said; “Zubiarte is well located and attracts a wealthy demographic of shopper. Our customers want great service, convenience, a personal approach and good value, so it’s easy to see why this new generation of IKEA is doing so well here”.

IKEA, Zubiarte opened in December 2018, after the €8 million refurbishment of Zubiarte.

Chairman Rupert Clarke joins RICS panel discussion

Nov 05, 2019
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Milligan Chairman, Rupert Clarke spoke on the panel discussion at the RICS Q3 UK Commercial Property Market launch recently. Unsurprisingly, the conversation turned to the state of retail, where Rupert shared the following insights and viewpoints:

 

“There is no question that the historic retail real estate business model needs to change dramatically at every level. Historic retail real estate business practices are not fit for purpose in the fast evolving retail and town centre environment. The mass market approach to developing, leasing, managing, operating and owning retail assets needs fundamental change. Additionally the professional skills and expertise to achieve this need to be reorientated around the customer and the customer experience.

 

“One of the best examples of sustainable retail development, leasing, managing, operating and owning retail assets is in the Outlet Centre sector which has substantially outperformed the rest of the retail market and where the relationship between owner and occupier is highly incentivised to be collaborative, generating and maintaining an exciting and fresh customer experience.

 

“Apart from a desperate need for a complete reinvention of the owner, occupier, operator and consumer focus, if towns and cities are not to have their economic prospects and future dragged down by deserted retail ghettos, there also needs to be a far more realistic approach taken to underwriting sustainable retail real estate values so that regeneration becomes viable, preferably sooner rather than later. At current values many town centres will not attract much needed new reinvestment capital until the situation on the ground has deteriorated even further.”

 

Rupert has been Chairman at Milligan since 2012. He holds a number of Exec and Non-Exec roles and is the ex-CEO of JLL Corporate Finance and Hermes. He brings with him over thirty years of real estate experience.

House of St Barnabas Event

Oct 10, 2019
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“It’s an exciting time for us as we continue to evolve alongside our ever-changing market. We have had to remain agile, growing our expertise and skill sets whilst maintaining a bold stance afforded by the exceptional, Milligan development track record.“

John Milligan, Chief Executive Office of Milligan

Last night the Milligan team welcomed over 100 guests to an exclusive drinks party in Soho’s House of St Barnabas. The event officially marked Stuart Harris joining the team as COO and provided an opportunity to update the industry on Milligan news and projects across the UK and Europe.

 

Paul Hanegraaf asks the property world to be more nimble, speaking at The Scotland Development Conference

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“Our business might be property, but our bias should always be people. There is chaos in the retail property world, yet consumers are happy because they are being served. THEY are defining the terms. They expect their needs and their wants to be served. Where value serves the need, experience serves the want and is much more emotive. This emotive world of wants is full of micro-moments, instant satisfaction, pop-ups, events, exclusives, one-offs and hard-to-finds. The issue is property, which needs to be more nimble in its response to the consumer and the occupier must be more flexible.“

Paul Hanegraaf, Creative Navigator of Milligan

Milligan’s Creative Navigator, Paul Hanegraaf made a bold call to the property world, when he spoke on the panel at The Built Environment Network’s Scotland Development Conference this month. Explaining how consumer expectations have changed, he stated that in order to keep up, the property world needed to be nimble and more flexible. As part of the lively panel discussion, Paul explained that consumers have needs, which are more functional and driven by value for example the food shop, clothing, household goods and their wants are driven by an emotional response. 

In an ever-changing world of retail, he said we should not submit to the chaos, but instead think about people and how we best serve their needs and wants.

Zubiarte, Bilbao shortlisted for “Best Transformation” at the AECCs (Spanish Association of Shopping Centres)

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Zubiarte, Milligan’s redevelopment which re-opened its doors in Bilbao last year following a dramatic transformation, has been shortlisted for a prestigious award at the Spanish Association of Shopping Centres. The project faces tough competition in the category as it is up against Diagonal Mar, and Los Patios (Carrefour Property). 

Zubiarte’s transformation saw the introduction of new retail anchors, as well as a redesigned current distribution and customer flow of the scheme. Click here to view the full project overview.

Xavi Alemany, Director of Asset Management for Milligan Spain will attend the awards ceremony.

Milligan in Growth – Reimagining Retail

Jun 28, 2019
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“I’m delighted to be joining Milligan at such an exciting time in the industry. Milligan’s unique experience and insights into generating experiential retail and mixed-use environments resonates with my own vision for the future of our industry – and I share the company’s vision for growth. Many traditional town and retail centres are reaching – or have passed – the tipping point where taking a conventional Asset Management approach is the equivalent of rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. The highly proactive, energetic, agile and bespoke approach that Milligan adopts in every new development and redevelopment is precisely what the market needs.“

Stuart Harris, Chief Operating Officer of Milligan

We have today announced some exciting news that Stuart Harris, co-founder and former director of Queensberry Real Estate, has joined Milligan as a shareholder and Chief Operating Officer.

Milligan, the team behind Inspiring Retail Destinations, announces the appointment of Stuart Harris who will join the business as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Stuart was previously a co- founder and Director of Queensberry Real Estate. He brings over 25 years’ experience in the leasing and development of mixed-use schemes across the UK.

Established in 2002, Milligan is recognised as the industry’s innovator, renowned for its work in the outlet, airport, town centre, shopping centre, and leisure sectors in the UK and Europe.

John Milligan, CEO of Milligan said: “Stuart broadens the skills and experience that Milligan can offer with his exceptional track record working in particular with complex projects and local authorities. His appointment as COO comes at a time when we are responding to the challenges faced by high streets and shopping centres – problems that are growing and shifting by the day. We see real opportunity in this market, and we are strengthening our team accordingly.”

Mike Anderson, CIO of Milligan said: “The demand for Milligan’s long standing “experiential” approach to retail and town centre environments has never been greater and Stuart is a key addition to our senior team. Our collective vision to ‘reimagine the potential of places’ is what stands us apart in the sector – and Stuart will help spearhead this move.”

Mailbox hosts Harvey Nichols fashion show – Spring/Summer 2019

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Mailbox were proud to host the Harvey Nichols Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show. It was a fantastic success for all involved.

Mailbox hosts Harvey Nichols fashion show – Spring/Summer 2019

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