CONSTRUCTION work has started on a highly anticipated designer outlet project.

Developer Robert Hitchins recently appointed contractor Bouygues UK to start work on the first phase of the Cotswold Designer Outlet in Tewskesbury ahead of a spring 2025 opening.

This new shopping destination will encompass up to 95 fashion, lifestyle, homeware, sport, outdoors and food and beverage brands.

The development is situated next to Junction 9 of the M5 and is also within a five minute walk of Ashchurch Railway Station, as well as a new shuttle bus service which will connect the site to Tewkesbury.
Designed by architects Roberts Limbrick, the scheme’s design has been influenced by the area’s architectural surroundings and inspired by local materials to create a contemporary Cotswolds style balancing modernity and tradition. 

The construction project is expected to create more than 300 jobs, while the outlet centre is likely to create up to 500 new retail job opportunities for the area.

Leading outlet retail specialist Realm is leasing the scheme and will be the asset and property managers upon completion.
Property and development director Simon Tothill said: “Cotswolds Designer Outlet has the potential to make a meaningful, lasting contribution to the region’s growth.

"The combination of a strong location, thoughtful design and a hugely positive response from leading brands, has us highly optimistic for its future success.

"We’ve had long-term aspirations to bring an outlet destination to this site, given the unique opportunity of its strategic location between Bristol and Birmingham, and with historic Tewkesbury right on our doorstep. 

"We look forward to sharing more milestones with the community, as we announce new construction jobs, and the new fashion, lifestyle and food and beverage brands that we will be bringing to this incredible location.”
Bouygues UK’s managing director for the South West and Wales John Boughton said: “We can’t wait to get started on this project for Robert Hitchins, bringing both economic and social value to the area with an exciting new retail outlet and brand new facilities, set in stunning landscaped surroundings. 

"As always, we are looking forward to involving the local community as much as possible, working with our local supply chain partners and employing a high percentage of local labour."