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Chapman Taylor shopping centre hit by vandals

Vandals have targeted Chapman Taylor's recently completed Grand Arcade shopping centre in Cambridge.

More than 20 glass panes were smashed along the side of the £220 million centre, just hours before the centre was officially opened last Thursday (27 March).

The shopping centre’s manager, Tracy Hulme, said it was an act of ‘mindless’ vandalism.

Speaking to the Cambridge News, Hulme said: ‘After the Grand Arcade team had worked around the clock to make sure everything looked perfect for the opening day, we were obviously really disappointed to find the centre had been mindlessly vandalised.’

As well as the shopping centre, which holds 50 high-street stores, Chapman Taylor’s designs provided Cambridge with a new magistrates' court and a newly refurbished library.

A spokeswoman for developer Grosvenor, which owns the shopping centre, said: 'Over the past week a number of panes of glass have been damaged due to vandalism and these have been recorded. The
area is regularly patrolled by the centre's security officers and covered by CCTV, and measures are currently being investigated to prevent such damage occurring in the future.'

At the time of writing the practice was unavailable for comment.

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