Amenities at Vangarde Shopping Park
Vangarde Shopping Park York has become a popular destination for shoppers and diners since its opening in 2014. Having recently celebrated its 5th birthday, Vangarde has become known as a premium shopping experience, not to mention a beautiful area to visit and enjoy the surroundings. Before the park was built, the area was home to a colony of rare Great Crested Newts, which were safely rehomed to marshland on the outskirts of the site. Many of Vangarde’s amenities pay homage to the newts and surrounding wildlife, with emphasis on protecting the environment.
Vangarde’s picturesque community plaza was created to give visitors a place to meet and relax while shopping or dining at the park. The plaza was created to meet a vision in line with our environmentally friendly and sustainable ethos which runs throughout the park.
Vangarde’s green walls have helped the shopping park become one of the most environmentally-focused retail centres in the region. They are a distinguishable feature of the M&S store with naturally grown wildlfowers and plants local to the area. The green walls tie-in with Vangarde’s key vision of sustainable practices.
Vangarde Shopping Park has incorporated art from local artists across the entire Park, which includes work from sculptor Tony Broomhead. Tony created two wooden boats with a viewing deck for shoppers to relax, as well as vibrant floral murals, which are inspired by ancient hedgerow and textile printing methods. The murals were designed to visually connect the historic site with its new use.
In homage to the newts that inhabited the area, Vangarde worked with local artist Dan Savage to create a number of stainless steel newts, which can be spotted around the entire Shopping Park.