Town centre project will create up to 5000 jobs and include a 1000-seat theatre and civic hall.

East Kilbride has given the go-ahead to a £400m town-centre regeneration scheme that will could create up to 5000 jobs.

The scheme, put forward by South Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Retail Property Limited Partnership, will include a 1,000-seat theatre and a 500-capacity civic hall and conference centre.

It will also incorporate a new museum, an arts centre, a new town square and an enhanced town centre entrance.

Eddie McAvoy, the council's leader, told The Herald: "This is a huge and ambitious development and effectively will take East Kilbride from a new town to a boom town. It will benefit our whole economy and ensure that East Kilbride stays at the cutting edge of quality shopping."

The first stage of the project is expected to get underway later this year, with completion expected by 2013.