If you walk round Westfield Shopping City, you’re struck by the odd design: a curve in a rectangle that abruptly stops, and several spokes linking to a weird outside bit with lots of shops wondering why there’s no footfall.
There can only be one explanation: they’ll keep building until the circle is complete.
There’s just about room. The Aquatics Centre will need to be relocated/demolished, but that’s fine, it’s been strictly for the fish for years.
A 1.5km circle; over 10km of shops. 1500 in fact – including 4 “compass” Starbucks (not including roaming franchised coffeebots). Infinite mall.
I’ll add that Westfield are already claiming 7 miles of walking in the original mall (not quite sure how they worked it out) – which would mean well over 35 miles of walking possible in the complete circular mall.
The arc is about 0.25 miles, the spokes are about 0.12 miles – that gives a potential 0.61 miles. Double that for both sides of shops for 1.2 miles and if there’s five floors (it didn’t seem like there was…) that’s your 7 miles.
I might have to pedometer it one weekend, see what gives.
email: chris is at anti-mega.com