British Land announced £50m refurbishment of Meadowhall shopping center in Yorkshire.The refurbishment is set to commence in autumn 2015 and will be completed by the end of 2017. The extensive works will create distinct districts within the centre, each with a different finish including wood and punctured metal. The works will also enable a number of retailers to install double height shop fronts.
The refurbishment includes new way finding, mall seating and lighting as well as the installation of dramatic lighting artwork.
The works will largely be completed out of hours to enable all retail and leisure operators to trade throughout the period.
The refurbishment will help reposition Meadowhall ensuring it remains a modern shopping environment which is locally preferred by both retailers and consumers.
Claire Barber, Head of Shopping Centre Asset Management for British Land, said: “Across the retail portfolio, we are investing in our assets to ensure they reflect the way people shop today. The refurbishment of Meadowhall will reposition the centre to appeal to premium and lifestyle retailers as well as a broader range of customers. We are very excited about the future for Meadowhall and the experience this investment will create for both our customers and retailers.”
The Park Lane area of Meadowhall has recently undergone a £3 million refresh, following which it has successfully attracted a number of new retailers, including The White Company (4,272 sq ft, 10 year lease), Jigsaw (2,282 sq ft, 10 year lease) and White Stuff (5,216 sq ft, 10 year lease). Meadowhall’s premium offer already includes LK Bennett, Reiss and Kurt Geiger.
Over the past 25 years, Meadowhall has welcomed almost 610 million customers. The centre opened with 284 retailers and now has 310 shops including Victoria’s Secret, Ted Baker, Karen Millen, Zara, Topshop, Primark and Next and 50 restaurants and cafes. Brands that have traded since opening day include Topshop/Topman, M&S, Next, House of Fraser and Debenhams.