The skeleton of the first new shop to be built on The Moor in Sheffield as part of the next phase in its regeneration is starting to take shape.
This metal framework which has risen from the gap left in the shopping parade - and is being built partly by crane - is the beginning of a new flagship 80,000 square feet Primark store.
This stage of development follows on from phase one of the project, which relocated Sheffield’s market, saw new stores such as TJ Hughes open and the street’s appearance be upgraded.
It is hoped the shopping element of phase two, to also include four other stores will be completed by May 2016.
A nine-screen cinema with seven restaurants is also to be created on the site by early 2017.
Ranald Philips, director of Ashcroft and development manager for The Moor, said: “The structure that is emerging behind the hoardings, on The Moor below Debenhams, is the new flagship city centre Primark store that will be on three floors.
“Over the coming eighteen months shoppers will be able to see the new retail and leisure complex gradually taking shape that will including four further shops, seven restaurants and Light Cinemas’ nine screen cinema.
“It will be a great draw to that area of the city and significantly enhance the leisure offer of the city as a whole.”
This third phase of development includes the right hand side of The Moor, opposite Debenhams.
It is expected to become home to mainstream fashion brands with a digital screen where the former MacDonald’s was and discussions are underway.
It is intended that The Moor will eventually link with any new retail quarter via an upgraded Charter Square.
Current plans for Sheffield’s new retail quarter are out to consultation - and it is expected that more than 1,500 people visited a public exhibition which was open on Fargate last week.
It has also emerged that top store John Lewis would be demolished and relocated to a ‘new generation’ department store that fronts on to Charter Square under the current draft plans for the £480m scheme.
Discussions between the retailer and the council are taking place on the proposals.
Barker’s Pool House and the Grosvenor Hotel would also be knocked dow.
Consultation on the quarter plans is taking place until June 19.