UK advisory firm Davis Coffer Lyons (DCL) has been appointed to consult on the food & beverage make-up of the new £1billion Puerto Venecia scheme in Zaragoza, in the Aragon region of Spain. The company’s development leasing team has been appointed by Eurofund Investments Zaragoza SL, a joint venture between British Land and Orion Capital Managers, to conult on what will be Europe's largest retail and leisure destination. The new scheme will comprise 2.1 million sq ft of fashion, sport, retail, dining, recreation and adventure activities, and is scheduled for completion in Autumn 2012. The shopping mall and leisure offer, currently in the second phase of construction, will complement the already existing successful retail park anchored by a 34,000 sq m (366,000 sq ft) IKEA. McDonalds has already opened a drive through site on the periphery of the scheme. DCL has provided a food & beverage strategy as part of the second phase, which it hopes will deliver “an exciting line up of restaurants and cafes never before seen in a shopping environment in Spain”. Alice Keown, associate director at DCL’s development leasing team, said: “The canal and lake on site creates an exceptional environment for the restaurant operators being targeted for this scheme. Puerto Venecia is one of the most exciting shopping and leisure centres in development in Europe and provides one of the best opportunities for European operators who want to expand their brands.”