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Camberley shopping centre seeking interested businesses for first full private 5G infrastructure shopping centre in the UK

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  • Published by Lucy Woods on 16 Sep 2020
  • Last modified 16 Sep 2020
The owners of The Square Shopping Centre in Camberley (Surrey) are seeking expressions of interest from businesses and retailers who want to experience and test the latest technology delivering the foundation for innovation in the UK’s first fully 5G enabled shopping centre.

We are looking to hear from businesses of all sizes who want the opportunity to be a part of this incredible, ground-breaking, step change for the retail industry. We believe 5G is the future of retail so if you're a business that’s interested in working with global leaders in 5G technology register your interest

We’re not talking mobile phones here, this is real 5G, the type of network that can power autonomous vehicles, remote surgeries and make virtual and augmented realities common place. 

Once live across our 480,000 sq ft retail centre, The Square, Camberley, will be the first of shopping centre of its kind in the UK and only the third in existence anywhere in the world. 5G retail technology is at the forefront of current research with some exciting new applications driving superior customer experience through data driven AI, ML and XR strategies.  

Some of the applications you will be able to deploy include: digital signage, computer vision, dynamic pricing, robotics, logistics, intelligent personalised advertising and immersive customer experiences for consumers. 

Not only will we be providing world class 5G infrastructure for you to leverage, your business will also have access to the world acclaimed Surrey University 5G labs and Verizon's 5GLabs to assist with the 5G ecosystem, 5G technology and commercial business case for your business. There is vast potential as the benefits from Industry 4.0, more research and innovation takes place around the world. 

Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Leader, Councillor Alan McClafferty, said: “This is a really exciting area for businesses to trailblaze new technologies and ways of working in a supportive and encouraging environment. We believe by equipping our shopping centre with full 5G infrastructure we are blueprinting the future of retail. I’d encourage all businesses big and small to be a part of this national first.” 

Partnering the project is the University of Surrey at their 5G Innovation Centre at the Institute for Communication Systems. Who are researching the potential applications of 5G infrastructure in and their privately developed core.

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Founder of the 5G Innovation Centre, said: “Providing the cutting-edge technology for the UK’s first fully 5G-enabled shopping centre, gives Camberley’s retailers a head-start in the race to transform retail for the future.”  

Rhoda Joseph, The Square shopping centre manager, commented;  “During this time of  change on our High Streets and Shopping Centres the introduction of 5G in Camberley  shows how forward thinking and ahead of the game the town is.  I look forward to this great initiative and believe it will be of great benefit for businesses and those shoppers who will use it personally”. 

The initiative is also supported by StoryFutures, a Royal Holloway University organisation, which supports R&D projects in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality by working closely with growing SMEs.

What is 5G and what will it bring to The Square?  Your questions answered.


Camberley Be Inspired 
Surrey Heath Borough Council is committed to supporting and regenerating Camberley. SHBC’s investments have already seen the acquisition of The Square shopping centre, commencing its refurbishment programme within the first year of ownership. Followed by an ambitious set of projects to improve the roads, pavements and street scene. A redundant office building has also been purchased to create 116 high quality town centre apartments, with proposals to re-deliver new commercial space.  

Kier Property have been selected by SHBC as development partner for the London Road site. Situated fronting the London Road, opposite the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the 5.5-acre site has the potential to create a mixed-use development and improve the gateway to Camberley.  

SHBC has signed a 25-year contract with Places Leisure to design, build and operate a new £22 million leisure centre. The new centre will feature new swimming pools, sport courts, fitness facilities and a café. The new centre is now in construction and is due to open in 2021. 
The regeneration work is supported by a comprehensive events programme, grant schemes for independent businesses and cultural and enrichment projects to ensure Camberley is a key destination and experience. In Camberley we are committed to reshaping and enhancing the town centre to support our community and local businesses while high street retail faces challenges nationally. www.camberleybeinspired.co.uk  

For further information please contact:
SHBC Press Office
01276 707312

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