Shopping centre is the fourth largest in the UK

Meadowhall refurbishment Sheffield

Laing O’Rourke has completed the £60m refurbishment of the Meadowhall shopping mall in Sheffield for British Land.

The revamp of the UK’s fourth largest shopping centre, which attracts more than 25 million visitors each year, began in autumn 2015.

This was largely carried out during night shifts to minimise disruption to shoppers and retailers, and saw Laing O’Rourke create four districts.

Columns and bulkheads have been reduced or removed to enable more light into the mall, with new glazing, improved lighting and customer seating added.

Laing O’Rourke said the relocation of the centre’s mechanical and electrical systems has enabled retailers such as All Saints and Hollister to introduce two-floor flagship stores.

More than 1,200 jobs were created to deliver the refurbishment and almost half of the £60m spend has been awarded to SMEs.

British Land is also targeting a 2019 start for the £300m extension to Meadowhall, which will increase space by 330,000ft2 to house a new cinema, restaurants, cafe court, gym and additional leisure area.

Laing O’Rourke is currently working on a £178m revamp of the intu Watford shopping centre and the £1bn St James Centre project in Edinburgh. In October, it was also named as the preferred bidder on the £700m regeneration of Brent Cross Shopping Centre in London.