British Land has submitted detailed plans for major £300M overhaul of Meadowhall’s leisure facilities.
A £300M Leisure Hall at the South Yorkshire Meadow Hall shopping centre has been proposed by shopping centre owner, British Land.
The 330,000 sq ft (27,800 sq m) extension would include a new cinema replacing the current one, new restaurants and an open air terrace, a new café court, a gym and a flexible leisure space which could be turned into indoor golf or ten-pin bowiling.
The new cinema will have solar panels on the roof to provide around 10% of the extension’s energy consumption.
The new leisure hall will be covered with an “elegant glazed roof structure”, allowing the developer to increase the entertainment and dining offerings to the shopping centre as it seeks to become an experience-led destination.
Parking facilities are also to be improved, investing in electric car charging points, pedestrian walkways and a new multi-storey car park with “green walls” to aid biodiversity.
The revamp would create up to 1,400 jobs once the leisure hall in complete. If the proposals are approved, British Land hopes to start on site during 2018, creating over 500 construction jobs.
Joint owner British Land said the extension would “continue Meadowhall’s evolution”, and follow a £60M refurbishment which is underway and due to be complete at the end of 2017.
Charles Maudsley, Head of Retail and Leisure for British Land, said: “Understanding and anticipating our customers’ needs is a key strategic focus area and the Meadowhall Leisure Hall proposals respond to the changing way people live their lives.
“The exciting £60m refurbishment completing next year, the continued leasing success and Leisure Hall plans combined reinforce our commitment to ensuring Meadowhall remains an outstanding place for modern consumer lifestyles.”
Richard Wright, Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Leisure Hall will be a jewel in the Sheffield City Region’s crown, set amongst other equally important investments in this great city.
“We therefore welcome British Land’s exciting plans and lend them our wholehearted support. They will reinvigorate Meadowhall and serve as a catalyst for further investment in the region.”
Sheffield City Council is expected to rule on whether the proposed changes can go ahead in early 2017.
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