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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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Historic Cardiff department store to become leisure-led ‘hub’

The historic Howells building on St Mary Street is set to become a state-of-the-art leisure and entertainment destination and commercial hub for the benefit of residents and visitors in Cardiff. The 1.7-acre commercial hub in the centre of Cardiff is to be transformed into a new mixed-use development, plans have revealed. Project managing the programme from inception through to final delivery is international construction and property consultancy, Gleeds who will also cost manage the scheme. The prominent site is being developed by Naissance Capital Real Estate, who acquired it in…

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Colchester: ‘cliffhanger’ over shopping centre cinema operator

Film fans have been left with a cliffhanger over which cinema operator is to move into the long awaited Tollgate Village leisure and retail complex. Work on the £70 million complex in Stanway is due to start next year. But the Tollgate Partnership Limited, which is behind the plans, has not revealed which cinema operator is has lined up. The Gazette approached major operators Vue, Empire Cinemas, Cineworld and Odeon to see if they were interested in opening a venue at the new Stanway complex. Vue, Empire and Cineworld ruled…

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