Gravity to make London debut in ex-Debenhams site in Wandsworth

Landsec and Invesco Real Estate have announced the signing of Gravity Active Entertainment (‘Gravity’) at Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth, for an 80,000 sq ft entertainment venue set to launch in the former Debenhams in summer 2021.

Gravity, a leisure and entertainment business, started as a trampoline park company in 2015, and has since expanded into entertainment concepts, helping to revitalise shopping centres and the high street across the UK.

The Southside site, which spans four floors, is the first in London for the brand, and will feature gaming experiences such as e-karting, augmented reality bowling, crazy golf, pool, ping-pong, and shuffleboards.  It will also offer an array of dining and drinking options, including a noodle kitchen, American diner, and cocktail bar.

Commenting on the signing, David Heaford, managing director of development, at Landsec, said: “Leisure is an increasingly important component of a complete destination, and Gravity is a significant addition that complements Southside’s existing offer.  Southside is designed to offer everything the community needs, and this signing, at a challenging time for the industry, is a testament to the strength of our customer base and the centre’s appeal.  Gravity’s exciting concept will inspire locals, and draw people from across London, so we are excited to see this prominent site come to life later this year.”

Harvey Jenkinson, co-founder and CEO at Gravity, commented: “This is a huge milestone for Gravity as we look to not just grow our business, but also the types of venues we are creating. We believe concepts like this will be the future of the high street and shopping centres, offering a solution for landlords who are looking to diversify and secure the future of their assets. This exciting entertainment hub will showcase Gravity’s ability to create venues that cater to a varied audience, which is so immersive they will feel like they could be in a completely different place in the world.”

Time Retail Partners and Colliers acted for the Southside JV.  Savills represented Gravity.

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