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British Land completes £60m shopping centre refurb

British Land has announced the completion of the £60m refurbishment of Meadowhall shopping centre (pictured above) in Sheffield.

The two-year refurbishment scheme saw £40m invested in store upgrades by more than 70 brands, including existing and new additions to Meadowhall’s line-up.

The combined investment of £100m has already made a positive impact on performance, with footfall on Black Friday up 8%, the busiest period on record.

The transformation of Meadowhall resulted in over 1,200 jobs being created to deliver the refurbishment, with 35% of workers living in Sheffield and 41% overall from the Sheffield City Region.

Almost 50% of the £60m invested has been awarded to SMEs.

Charles Maudsley, head of retail, leisure and residential for British Land, said: “The transformation we have achieved at Meadowhall is a great example of how we have listened to our customers and responded to their needs to create space that works for shoppers and enables retailers to thrive in an omni-channel world.

“It also demonstrates the value we place in working in partnership with the community to deliver significant, long-lasting benefits to the Sheffield City Region.”

Claire Barber, head of Meadowhall for British Land, added: “Meadowhall is a very different place as a result of our investment.

“It is lighter and brighter; the space is more modern and the offer is significantly enhanced so it is the first choice for shoppers across the region.

“Together with our longer-term plans for the centre, Meadowhall has a great future as one of the leading retail and leisure destinations in the UK.”

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