Veretec was appointed as Executive Architects for Vinci Construction on behalf of Sovereign Centros, to deliver this mixed-use redevelopment of a 12-acre former cattle market in Bury St Edmunds town centre. It provides a vibrant new retail quarter and extension to the historic core of the town.

Project Details

  • Location Bury St Edmunds
  • Area 24,620m² 265,000ft²
  • Status Complete
  • Sector Retail
  • Client Sovereign Centros
  • Services Project Delivery
  • Design Architect Hopkins Architects
  • Contractor Vinci Construction (Taylor Woodrow)


  • Civic Trust Award
    Winner 2012
  • Bury Society
    Award for Excellence
  • RIBA
    Regional Award
  • Lighting Design Awards
    Retail Category
  • FPDS Plasterers’ Award
    External Plastering
  • British Council of Shopping Centres
    Gold Award, In-Town Retail Scheme

The scheme includes an anchor store and a further six buildings with 35 new shops, cafes and restaurants, 62 stylish apartments, an underground car park and a new multipurpose public venue, all arranged around open shopping streets and a new public square.

The three storey anchor store incorporates a unique complex bespoke designed cast aluminium cladding system comprising 2,800 custom made diamond-shaped panels with over 300 varying pattern shapes.

The Arc opened in 2009 and won a BCSC Gold Award in 2010, a RIBA Award in 2011 and a Civic Trust Award in 2012.