meet the team
Headed up by Andy Nash, Centre Manager, his helpful team in Centre Management include:
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History of the Belfry
Redhill was shaped by three historic influences -
- Its location on the Brighton – London Road.
- The Fullers Earth clay industry.
- Its importance as a railway centre.
These led to it becoming an important Victorian Industrial centre.
History of the Centre -
- The Belfry was designed by Leslie Jones Architects, and planning permission was granted for the Belfry at the end of 1987.
- Construction, by Costain Construction Ltd, started in October 1989.
- The Foundation Stone was unveiled on 2nd May 1990 by the Worshipful Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Cllr Erica Dunsmore FCIS.
- The ‘Bells’ of the Belfry (over the High Street Entrance), which gave the Centre its name, are actually called 'Ting and Tang'. They were saved from the old ‘St Anne’s Workhouse’, which was previously on the site where the original car park was located whilst the centre was built.
- The Belfry opened its doors to the public for the first time on 15th October 1991, and was officially opened by Joanna Lumley!
- Reigate & Banstead Borough Council originally owned half the car park site.
- At the heart of Redhill, the Belfry was designed to connect the main pedestrian routes of the town.
- Sitting on Station Road, the external design was based on railway arches, internally giving a light, airy feel with its high glass atrium roofs.
- The 50 stores within the Centre cover 250,000 square feet, with a further three storeys of car parking.
- The Belfry also has the Tower House connected to it. This is the home to Lifeline Fitness, Curves Gym, Home Start, the Police regional office, and other offices.
- In April 1997, the Belfry became the first shopping centre in England to have its own ‘museum’ due to the closure of the local Royal Earlswood Museum from the hospital. The Belfry stepped in and housed and displayed the best and most interesting of the artefacts for over 14 years, including many works of James Henry Pullen ‘the idiot genius’, keeping it together and alive in the community. The Earlswood collection was re-housed in July 2011, to a great, new, specialist museum at the Langdon Down Centre in TW11.
- In 2000 and 2006, the Belfry won Purple Apple Awards for its marketing.
- The Belfry has won a Park Mark award for eight years running. During 2010-11, only one car crime was reported, out of over one million cars using the car park.
- The Belfry has had three different owners over the last 20 years, and the current Managing Agents are BTWShiells.
- In 2000, The Belfry was the first shopping centre in the UK to receive an award for good environmental management. It recycles 48% of its waste and 100% of its electricity is from renewable sources.
- Over £1 million was invested into the Belfry in 2007 to improve the Centre’s shopping environment. Work included completely replacing all safety features, lighting and lifts, as well as improving support for disabled shoppers.
In October 2012 the Belfry celebrated its 21st birthday with a catwalk fashion show final for the Face of the Belfry competition, along with the Mayor and 21st Birthday cupcakes!