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Ministry of Sound to remix House of Fraser store into gym and offices


House of Fraser
// House of Fraser store in Westfield London to be revamped by Ministry of Sound
// Conversion of the 115,000sq ft department store will start at the end of summer

The former House of Fraser store in west London is set to be transformed by Ministry of Sound into flexible offices, a gym, and rooftop bar-restaurant.

The nightclub owner, which first launched a members’ club with flexible workspace and a gym in 2018 near its original south London venue, is expected to open its second site at Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush in 2024.

Conversion of the 115,000sq ft department store will start at the end of summer. It takes the number of House of Fraser stores closed since the department group was bought by Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group in 2018 to more than 20.

READ MORE: House of Fraser Altrincham site to be developed into mixed-use office scheme

Stores in Epsom in Surrey, Bournemouth in Dorset and Cwmbran in south Wales have all shut in recent months.

The Shepherd’s Bush project is expected to cost tens of millions of pounds with investment from Westfield and Ministry of Sound.

Westfield had been looking for a partner to convert the space since 2020 when it applied for planning permission for the changes.

Westfield owner Unibail’s UK chief operating officer, Scott Parsons said: “Repurposing of retail space is a good thing.

“With a shopping centre the size of Westfield London we will have a critical mass of leisure, retail and food and beverage and we are adding to the mix by repurposing space.

“The 2,000 people working in the co-working space at Ministry will be adding to the footfall and sales at Westfield and those people will have hundreds of shops and a leisure offer right on their doorstep.”

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