Belfast Telegraph

Property firm Moyallen strikes gold with contribution to Woking’s facelift

By Margaret Canning

The property company which manages Rushmere Shopping Centre in Craigavon has won a major award for its work on a town centre in England.

Moyallen owners Peter and John Robinson were presented with the ‘gold’ award by the British Council of Shopping Centres for their work on Woking town centre in Surrey.

Moyallen has owned the 700,000 sq ft Peacocks Shopping Centre in the town since 2009.

The company was praised for showing commitment to the town centre’s refurbishment, which it worked on with Woking Borough Council.

Managing director Peter Robinson said: “This award to the partnership recognises the significant achievements that have been made and the value of collaboration between the public and private sector in delivering effective and sustainable change to a large and complex town centre environment. Both parties have worked hard to transform the retail and leisure heart of Woking and I would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts.”

Closer to home, Moyallen said lettings Pandora, Holland and Barratt, Vodafone and Equivalenza had helped boost trading at Rushmere in the run-up to Christmas.

And in Belfast, the manager of CastleCourt Shopping Centre, which is anchored by Debenhams, has said it experienced good Christmas trading.

Paul McMahon said: “In the last five days leading up to Christmas, CastleCourt experienced strong footfall, with an increased number of shoppers choosing the centre to purchase their gifts and experience the festive atmosphere.”

The centre’s manager said that there had also been a “solid” start to the sales from Boxing Day onwards.

“We fully expect the figures to remain strong during the sales period and beyond — providing a confident start to 2015,” Mr McMahon added.