Ripon Retail and Leisure Development

Injecting new life into an ancient city

Central to this ambitious, 18-acre development in the city of Ripon, North Yorkshire is the a proposal to replace the existing Morrisons supermarket with a larger, state-of-the-art, sustainable store. The project will act as a gateway development to boost Ripon’s economy and tourist offering.


The project will act as a gateway development to boost Ripon’s economy.


The existing Morrisons store, petrol filling station and parking area will be converted into a new DIY store and garden centre. The undeveloped parcel of land to the east of the site will host the new supermarket, a selection of B1 offices and B2 light-commercial units, as well as a 60-bedroom hotel, gym and rooftop restaurant. And, to improve traffic flow around the site, a new access is to be opened onto the Ripon by-pass.

The proposed development is expected to generate between 840 and 860 jobs and will introduce a city centre hopper bus scheme, running to and from the site. In addition to the anticipated benefits associated with the proposed development, it’s hoped that Ripon will also see a boost in trade from the wider improvements and initiatives planned for the city centre.

Client:Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
Contractor:TBC
Value:£10m
Service: Architecture, Masterplanning
Sector: Retail, Sport and Leisure