The CDRC Retail Centre Boundaries are an openly available suite of data products representing the location, extent and function of retail agglomeration areas across the UK. The product contains multiple files to describe the spatial boundaries, catchment zones, local open indicators and a retail typology.
Retail Centre Boundaries
Boundaries are delineated using openly available and geocoded retail-specific unit locations and land use. Self-contained tracts of consistently-sized hexagon geometries are overlaid on retail clusters, with an algorithmic fine-tuning based on absolute sizes and densities.
A hierarchical classification based on retail count, density and ranking within the respective local area serves to identify the prominence of each retail centre and captures variation between regional centres, market towns, small local centres, shopping centres and retail outlets (among 11 classification tiers).
Retail Centre Catchments
The CDRC Retail Centre Catchments are presented for drive-time and walking-time distances from the centre of each retail centre not classified as “Small Local Centres”. The drive/walking time distances vary according to the hierarchical classification of the retail centres. These distances are as follows:
|Retail Centre Type||Drive Time||Walk Time|
Large shopping centre
|20 mins||15 mins|
|Major town centre||15 mins||15 mins|
|Large retail park
Small shopping centre
|15 mins||10 mins|
|Town centre||10 mins||15 mins|
|Small retail park||10 mins||10 mins|
|5 mins||5 mins|
Retail Centre Indicators
Aggregate indicators are generated for the largest retail centres in the UK - those with an underlying retail count of at least 50 units. Indicators for these retail centres are developed from multiple data sources, focusing on their composition, diversity, vacancy, material deprivation and e-resilience, which are useful to better understand the characteristics and economic performance of the retail centres in the UK.
A series of indicators have been developed based on openly available data, and are available for download below. Additional indicators are available as a safeguarded data product (https://data.cdrc.ac.uk/dataset/retail-centre-indicators) with information on shop vacancies, shop types, composition and diversity.
Openly available indicators for retail centres include measures of:
- Online Exposure
- E-resilience (as derived from the above Online Exposure and Vulnerability Indices)
- Clone Town Measures
- Deprivation Profiles
The Deprivation Profiles combine national deprivation indices (Index of Multiple Deprivation) to provide, for each retail centre, a series of measures that summarise the relative deprivation of their associated drive/walking time catchments.
The following statement should be included when citing the use of this dataset:
“The data for this research have been provided by the Consumer Data Research Centre, an ESRC data investment, under project ID CDRC 498-01, ES/L011840/1; ES/L011891/1”.
Data and Resources
- Retail Centre Boundarieszip
Creator Name: Consumer Data...
- Retail Centre Catchments (Drive + Walking time)zip
Two retail catchment geo packages including walking time and driving time...
- Retail Centre Catchments Metadata Profilepdf
This data profile describes the Retail Centre Catchments developed by the...
- Retail Centre Indicators Metadata Profilepdf
This data profile describes a dataset held by the Consumer Data Research...
- Retail Centre Lookupscsv
Lookup tables between retail centres and common administrative geographies...
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