The organization orchestrating the development of a new entertainment hub within a vacant shopping center is targeting an opening date of March 2025. The establishment will be situated in the former Peacock Place building in Northampton, offering views of the Market Square.
Stack Leisure, headquartered in Newcastle, has formally presented plans for a multifaceted facility encompassing retail, dining, and performance spaces at the location. The Chief Executive expressed that the venue is designed to feature a central plaza, bordered by bars, and street food stalls.
Stack Leisure prides itself on crafting distinctive and eco-friendly environments to elevate lifestyle experiences. These spaces are ingeniously designed using either repurposed shipping containers or repurposed disused structures.
The Seaburn location in Sunderland stands as a testament to this vision, fashioned entirely from old shipping containers. Currently operational, it stands out as the sole Stack site in operation. Meanwhile, the Newcastle Stack, also constructed from shipping crates, garnered an impressive three million visitors within four years. However, it ceased operations in 2022 to pave the way for a new office building.
The Northampton venture is just one among numerous projects slated for development by Stack Leisure across the country in the coming years.
Neil Winch, Stack’s CEO, highlighted, “Our concept centers on a dynamic plaza surrounded by lively bars and outstanding street food vendors.” He further explained that the plaza is specifically crafted to include a ground-floor stage, providing a venue for captivating music and comedy events.
Mr. Winch noted that the vacant shopping center presented an ideal structure for the project.
He described, “At its core, there exists a glass ceiling crafting an auditorium-like atmosphere, and that’s precisely where the plaza will unfold. My initial instinct is that this will be highly successful.”
Stack is set to inject £8 million into the initiative, complemented by up to £4 million from the council.
Mr. Winch affirmed that the company conducted thorough research, stating, “We’ve extensively analyzed the developments in and around the center of Northampton, and we believe now is the opportune moment.”
He projected that, with planning permission, the project could potentially be operational by March of the following year.