East Shopping Centre (ESC), Europe’s first major indoor Asian shopping mall, is opening in October 2014 in the heart of East London’s bustling shopping district, Green Street.
The vibrant new centre is being developed on the one-acre plus site of a former bus depot, which is a landmark in the area. It comprises 35 two-storey units, a 17-unit Souk – a smaller marketplace for retailers and local businesses – and a spacious 220-capacity, six unit Food Court, bringing a taste of the world’s flavours to Green Street. A spectacular glass roof spans the length of the centre, giving East Shopping Centre a light, airy and open ambience.
East has contributed to the regeneration of the area and the developers have taken specific measures to ensure that the centre retains its original façade and is as sustainable to the degree that it comply with the scheme’s stringent BREEAM requirements. Eco-friendly features include solar panels to save on electricity usage; flow restrictors to help save water; and harvesters to recycle water throughout the mall – as well as carefully sourced materials for the entire development– all of which not only help to protect the environment, but also reduce costs for the retailers.
East has contributed to the regeneration of the area and the developers have taken specific measures to ensure that the centre retains its original façade and is as sustainable
This multi-million pound project is spearheaded by ACR Investments Ltd who between its four partners have over a hundred years of combined experience within the property and construction industries.
The partners at ACR Investments Ltd said: “We couldn’t be more excited to be making history with East Shopping Centre, being the first development of it’s kind in Europe. The borough of Newham is a wonderful district with so much potential and Green Street is already a major hub for people to shop for clothes, food, accessories and everything in between. Our aim is for East Shopping Centre to enhance the street’s appeal and expand on this vibrant shopping destination by attracting new consumers and businesses.
East is building on the strong cultural heritage of Green Street and has had support from local retailers and Newham council. The shopping centre will also have a positive impact on the local community through commerce opportunities and it’s generation of approximately 150-200 jobs.
Leading Asian designer fashions, luxury jewellery and accessory brands are keen to be a part of this historic venture and although many of the units are already taken, some remain available. East will provide consumers one centralised destination to do their shopping and create a comfortable, convenient and enjoyable experience for consumers of any community.
Directed by Lasse Hallströmand produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Juliet Blake, the film stars Academy Award winning actress Helen Mirren as the icy proprietress of a Michelin starred classical French eatery in Southern France, veteran Indian film actor Om Puri (East is East, The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Manish Dayal (Law & Order, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Bollywood film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) and Canadian-French actress and television personality, Charlotte Le Bon. The screenplay is written by Steven Knight.
This highly-anticipated culinary delight that is THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY also stars a stellar cast of Indian and British Asian actors including Rohan Chand(Jack and Jill), Amit Shah (The Infidel), Farzana Dua Elahe (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Eastenders). Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla (Gulaab Gang) also features in a cameo role in the film.
A flavour brimming mix of food, passion and heart, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY is a story of persistence and triumph over exile. The film depicts a gastronomical fusion of cultures and cuisine and a boy’s compassionate drive to find himself in the comfort of a new home in a foreign country.
In the film, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family, led by Papa (Om Puri), move to a quaint village in the South of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred classical French eatery.
However upon encountering the icy proprietress, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the Kadam family realise they may have bitten off more than they can chew. Outraged by the new arrivals, Madame Mallory is determined to have their business shut down. As cultures clash and food flies, a heated battle escalates between the two establishments – until, that is, Hassan’s passion and talent for French cuisine begin to enchant Madame Mallory and even she can’t deny this young chef could have what it takes to garner even more acclaim for her beloved restaurant.
This, along with his new-found friendship with her beautiful sous chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), starts to weave a magic between the two cultures and, despite their different tastes, they discover an unlikely recipe for success that surprises them all.
Entertainment One UK will be releasing The Hundred-Foot Journey nationwide on Friday 5thSeptember 2014.