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The Dolphin Centre

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Client
LGIM Real Assets

Location
Poole, UK

Discipline
Architecture

Sector
Mixed Use & Retail

Size
8 screen cinema, mall refurbishment & new public realm

Status
Planning approved

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The Dolphin Shopping Centre is Poole’s primary retail destination, built in 1969 as one of the Arndale generation of shopping malls.


To ensure the shopping centre remains popular and well occupied, the owner LGIM Real Assets is investing in the redevelopment of the internal malls and various retail buildings within the site. Designed by tp bennett, a programme of refurbishment is underway with the aim of delivering a more exciting and modern retail experience to help attract shoppers and retailers. The scheme includes new stores for H&M, New Look and JD Sports as well a new mixed-use leisure development, with a multiplex cinema, restaurants and a refreshed public realm.


“It will be a huge transformation and there is a real local desire for it,” says tp bennett’s James Painter.  Part of wider improvement works in Poole, it is hoped that this major investment will enhance the customer experience, and reinforce the centre as a popular, family-friendly retail and entertainment destination.