The center is due to open in spring 2013.
Ground breaking on the 16,500-m², two-story center, which is due to open with 60 shops and 935 parking spaces in spring 2013 and create 600 new jobs, coincided with the official opening of the adjacent Évora Retail Park, also designed by the practice’s Lisbon-based team.
Both the center and newly-opened retail park are designed around an a large sweeping granite stone wall, which will become a connecting and organizational route, with the center having been designed to be partially open-air, and anchored by a major supermarket and cinema.
Newly-installed Chairman of Broadway Malyan, Stuart Rough said: “Ground breaking is the latest chapter in this high-profile center, which has been developed through close partnering between the client, project team and our Lisbon-based team of expert retail designers, which has delivered architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture design.”
Director of Madford Developments Anthony Henry Lyons said: "Located in one of the few areas in Portugal, where there is a lack of modern retail space, this shopping center will respond to a real market need, offering an integrated and supplement retail offer that combines shopping, leisure and wellness."
The center and park have received the backing of economic and public sector organizations which recognize the potential of the center to contribute to the economic, social and commercial strength of the city of Evora, and the new center will be the first to be built in the world heritage city.
The center and park will serve ca. 300,000 people who live within 30 minutes of the site, and is expected to become a major attraction for the population of the Alentejo region.
Source: Broadway Malyan