£200m extension plans for Braehead

03 Mar 2014

The owner of Braehead has said it hopes construction work on a £200 million ­extension could begin as early as 2016.

Intu Properties are currently waiting on the outcome of a public enquiry into the proposed Local Development Plan (LDP) for Renfrew. However, they have planned a starting date for construction of the expansion work of between 2016 and 2018.

The extension, between the existing Xscape facility and the shopping centre, would include a department store plus additional shops and leisure facilities.

The project also includes a mixed-use arena - for ice and other sports as well as conferences, concerts and exhibitions - as well as restaurants and a 200-bedroom hotel.

It has been estimated the construction phase would create around 2000 jobs with the extension itself supporting around 3000 direct and indirect jobs.

The plans for the development were initially lodged in January 2013 with Renfrewshire Council also wanting to upgrade Brahead's status to a town centre through its LDP. Glasgow City Council has opposed the designation of Braehead as a town centre amid concerns the extension would draw further trade away from traditional high streets.

The floor space at ­Braehead, which counts Primark, Apple and Sainsbury's among its tenants, is currently 1.1 million square feet.


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