Inside ghost town shopping centre that lies abandoned 25 years after opening

An abandoned shopping centre lies empty and derelict 25 years after its flagship opening. Five Sisters Freeport Shopping Village in West Lothian, Scotland, opened in 1996, with over 40 stores, claiming to be Scotland’s new premier outlet for designer clothes. But after a huge decline by 2004, Freeport Leisure decided it was time to close the centre down and they shut up shop. The site has been derelict ever since, with the BBC using it for filming on a zombie children’s show in 2015, Edinburgh Live reports. The 50,000sq ft shopping centre attracted over a…

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£50m facelift to create new leisure offer in Black Country

Asset manager of Black Country retail hub outlines plans to make shopping centre fit for a post-covid landscape by increasing the leisure and dining out options Merry Hill shopping centre is to undergo a major overhaul aimed at broadening the retail hub’s appeal in a post-covid landscape by increasing its leisure offer. Asset manager Ellandi has outlined a programme of renovation works worth £50 million as it aims to keep the centre relevant following a tumultuous time for the retail landscape as consumer habits changed and online shopping boomed during…

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Chester Northgate planning application June 2019

Virtual flythrough video-tour of Chester Northgate

New animation takes viewers inside the development’s CGI renderings, showcasing what it will be like to walk through the cultural and leisure destination once complete. See the Virtual Flythrough of the Northgate Phase one is still under construction at the £45m development being built by VINCI Construction UK for Cheshire West & Chester Council. The steel frame for the market and six-screen cinema building is now complete. The roof is nearing completion for the extension of the Hunter’s Walk building. VINCI has also completed the stair and lift concrete cores to…

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