First phase of £60m Meadowhall refurbishment almost complete

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Meadowhall visitors can look forward to a 'modern' shopping experience when the first phase of a £60 million refurbishment project finishes next month.

The work to open up space and replace dated features and lighting is the biggest single investment in the 25-year history of the shopping centre.

Shoppers take advantage of the Boxing Day sales.

Shoppers take advantage of the Boxing Day sales.

Co-owners British Land wanted to create a 'vibrant and welcoming' atmosphere to bring Meadowhall into the 21st century, and contractors have almost finished work on The Arcade area.

The entire refurbishment programme should be finished by the end of the year, and shoppers also have a £300 million leisure hall extension, currently in the planning process, to look forward to if city councillors approve the project.

Meadowhall centre director Darren Pearce said: “Once completed, the works will have made important and much needed updates to the mall creating four new districts, each with a distinct character and appeal of its own.

"We have gathered feedback from shoppers, retailers and restaurants to be able to create an environment that responds to changing lifestyles.

The 300 million extension.

The 300 million extension.

"We are very proud to see so much hard work going into the process in order to deliver a modern atmosphere befitting of Meadowhall’s reputation as Yorkshire’s premier shopping destination.”

So far the 210-strong refurbishment team has spent almost 280,000 hours on the build, working through the night after the shops close.

Meadowhall welcomed several new names during 2016, including Michael Kors, Urban Decay, Ghost London, Hawes & Curtis, Nespresso, Pret A Manger, Tapas Revolution and Coffika.

The Entertainer returned to the centre and both Virgin Holidays and JD Sports upsized their stores based on their strong performance.