New lettings boost tenant line-up in Walton-on-Thames centre

O&H Properties has appointed GCW to help drive its leasing strategy at its Walton-on-Thames shopping centre, The Heart. The successful retail and leisure centre serves an affluent catchment and the team are tasked with improving the tenant mix through strategic repositioning.

O&H Properties opened The Heart Shopping Centre back in 2006. The part covered mixed use scheme incorporates 59 shops and 10 restaurants and cafés, together with a library, gym and 279 apartments. Anchored by Sainsbury’s and Next, it incorporates 260,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space.

GCW pitched for the opportunity to work on the scheme in December 2021 and were appointed on the back of their track record and commitment to delivering sustainable tenant line ups that meet the demands of the local catchment. Its comprehensive pitch document highlighted an opportunity to repurpose the centre, placing a greater focus on convenience and service led uses.

GCW Director, Philippe Micheal, said: “We’re thrilled to have won another London suburb instruction. We’re passionate about ensuring our town centres are fit for purpose and reflect the demands of the local catchment and The Heart is in an ideal position to respond to the changing needs of the local market. We look forward to working with O&H Properties to add value and help future proof the asset.”