THE FIRST phase of a £60 million refurbishment of Meadowhall is expected to be completed next month.
British Land, the shopping centre’s owners, first announced plans to revamp the centre as part of its 25th anniversary last March.
Works are being carried out overnight and a refurbishment of both levels of The Arcade, from Marks and Spencer to the central dome including new balustrades and handrails, redesigned ceiling bulkheads, as well as new seating lighting and signage, is expected to be completed in March.
The whole scheme is expected to be completed by the end of year.
Darren Pearce, Meadowhall centre director, 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.
“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.”
A planning application for a £300 million leisure hall extension has also been submitted to Sheffield City Council.
Proposals include a 330,000 sq ft multi-level extension housed under an elegant glazed roof, extra dining and entertainment options, new internal and external spaces for events and community use.
New restaurants, a state-of-the-art cinema to replace the existing cinema in the Oasis, a new café court, gym, bowling alley, and extra leisure space are planned, as well as an open-air roof terrace.