Meadowhall expansion plans
In May 2016, British Land revealed details of the proposed Leisure Hall at Meadowhall in Sheffield.
The company, who are joint owners of the shopping centre, have begun a public consultation on the proposals, which represent the single biggest investment in Meadowhall since it opened more than 25 years ago.
At a cost of more than £300 million, it is also one of the largest investments in the Sheffield City Region for a decade and will create more than 1,000 jobs, in addition to a number of temporary construction jobs.
Housed under an elegant glazed roof, the Leisure Hall will be integrated with the existing centre to create a new multi-levelled, landscaped mall with high-quality internal and external spaces for promotional and community uses. It has also been designed to accommodate large outdoor events including live music.
Comprising 330,000 sq ft of space, the proposed Leisure Hall will add a range of dining and entertainment experiences, including a number of new restaurants, a state-of-the-art cinema to replace the existing cinema in the Oasis Dining Quarter, a new café court, gym, and other leisure space that could be used to offer everything from ten-pin bowling to indoor golf.
Charles Maudsley, Head of Retail and Leisure for British Land, said:
“We are continuing to drive Meadowhall’s evolution to ensure it remains an outstanding place for modern consumer lifestyles. This significant step change in the scheme’s leisure provision will contribute to Sheffield’s continuation as a driving force behind the Northern Powerhouse. This is a very exciting time and we look forward to working with Sheffield City Council to help ensure Sheffield’s future success.”
The plans will be on display at Meadowhall on 3 June (11am to 6pm) and 4 June (10am to 4pm). More details on the proposed scheme can be seen here.
A detailed planning application for the Leisure Hall will be submitted in late summer 2016, following extensive consultation with local stakeholders. If the proposals are approved, British Land hopes to start on site during 2018 and open the Leisure Hall to visitors in late 2020/early 2021.
Content and images courtesy of British Land.
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