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Landsec and Invesco Real Estate to transform rooftop of Southside shopping centre with one of the fastest growing sports globally

29 April 2024

Landsec and Invesco Real Estate have partnered with Padel Social Club to transform the rooftop of Southside Shopping Centre’s multi-storey car park into a 30,000 sq ft innovative sports and recreational space. The deal will bring one of the fastest growing sports globally to the centre as demand for unique experiences grows.

In line with wider UK growth plans, Padel Social Club will launch their unique rooftop club at Southside Shopping Centre in Wandsworth. Once open in late 2024, Padel Social Club will feature six covered courts, including an exhibition court, changing rooms, wellness rooms, as well as a rotating lineup of F&B kiosks across two floors.

Padel Social joins an already strong lineup of leisure experiences on offer at Southside, including Parthian Climbing, which opened a 19,500 sq ft state-of-the-art climbing experience at Southside last summer, and Gravity, who launched the UK’s first indoor e-Karting ring at the centre in 2021. Both have capitalised on the growing demand for unique experiences, performing ahead of expectations and driving footfall across the centre.

Kristian Hunter, CEO at Padel Social Club said: “We’re delighted to see this project coming to life and to be able to bring our all-encompassing Padel experience to Wandsworth. Working alongside Southside Shopping Centre, we are excited to create a vibrant community space that introduces more people to the social sport of Padel.”

Mark Warne, Director of Hospitality & Leisure at Landsec, said: “Guests are increasingly drawn to retail destinations which combine retail, hospitality and leisure concepts to create an all-day out offer. Footfall at prime retail destinations that provide new and exciting experiences is growing as a result, which in turn is increasing demand amongst brands. Padel Social Club’s concept takes our leisure offer to the next level and will build on the recent success of Gravity and Parthian Climbing at Southside.”

Ed Ginn, Director of Investment Management Invesco, said: “As the sport grows in popularity and creates communities, we are excited that Southside can add this offer in addition to its strong range of retail shops, restaurants and leisure.”