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14/09/2017

Extension for Sheffield’s Meadowhall approved

Words: Laura Edgar
Meadowhall / Richard Bird

Sheffield City Council has approved £300 million plans to extend Sheffield’s Meadowhall and transform its leisure offering.

The 330,000 square foot development will integrate with the front of the existing centre, featuring dining and entertainment options, a new cinema, gym and café court.

This Leisure Hall follows a £60 million refurbishment currently under way, which is set for completion this autumn.

A planning report states (pdf) that there 400 messages of support for the scheme and 48 objections, including from shopping centres in Wakefield.

It notes that the impact on other shopping centres would be “harmful” but not “significantly adverse”. Additionally, the development could create 600 to 1,000 jobs.

Charles Maudsley, head of retail, leisure and residential for British Land, which co-owns the facility, said British Land would now work with its partners and other stakeholders over the coming months on the detail of the Leisure Hall, to “ensure Meadowhall delivers the maximum benefits for customers, retailers and the wider Sheffield City Region”.

“The refurbishment completing later this year, our continued leasing success, significant store investment by retailers and the Leisure Hall proposals are all significant steps in the centre’s continued evolution,” he added.

Image credit | Richard Bird

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