Meadowhall refurbishment progresses

Published:  12 July, 2016

Yorkshire shopping centre reveals plans for £60m renovation

Meadowhall, Yorkshire, has revealed more design details behind its £60m refurbishment programme, which is utilising a number of businesses from the Sheffield city region for the design and manufacturing expertise.

Designed by leading international architect BDP, the renovation is updating and decluttering the malls.  Outdated features such as arches and Juliet balconies will be removed and replaced with natural materials, modern glass and structural balustrades with bronze skirting.  Feature lighting will be installed with digitally glazed double height shop fronts, and the removal of bridges to improve visibility between malls.

Commenting on the design and environmental implications for the redevelopment, Darren Pearce, Meadowhall centre director, said: “We are excited with the progress of the build so far, we’ve got some fantastic design features and look forward to revealing the new space which will help to accommodate Meadowhall’s evolution. The project has also given us the opportunity to work with local businesses to ensure materials sourced are the best option environmentally, without compromising on design.”

The refurbishment also aims to keep sustainability at the heart of the project, with green credentials that include recycling rainwater, reducing carbon emission through less energy use and as the first shopping centre to install electric car charging points, Meadowhall is keen to minimise any environmental impact throughout the redevelopment.  The design will provide an energy saving naturally ventilated space and feature a green living wall to enhance the space in the welcome hall.

The project looks to have a positive impact on the Sheffield City Region with 70 per cent of Meadowhall’s construction budget being awarded to local businesses and trades to date. 11 companies have been commissioned for the project so far, and it is estimated that 63.5 per cent of the overall spend of the refurbishment will be with local businesses.  Additionally, 400 construction roles will be required for the refurbishment, with around 44 per cent of the new recruits residing within the Sheffield area. 

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