The University of Gloucestershire has acquired the vacant Debenhams store in Gloucester and has plans to transform the space into lecture halls and training spaces for nurses and healthcare workers, with part of the ground floor being used as a community cultural and enterprise hub. 

This is a perfect example of all of the trends we are discussing with our clients and contacts; repurposing void or excess retail space, creating a mix of community and educational uses alongside local retail to ensure thriving and sustainable hybrid hubs for local communities.