Joint owner of Meadowhall, British Land, has now submitted a planning application to Sheffield City Council for the leisure hall extension, which will mark a new phase in the centre’s evolution, and follow the currently-underway £60m refurbishment, which is due to be completed by the end of 2017.
News of the plans was first announced in May, and the plans are still subject to approval. Should the construction go ahead, the new area is expected to open by 2020/21.
The space, which is to offer units to dining options not currently available at Meadowhall across new restaurant spaces and a ‘café court’, will also include a new open-air terrace allowing visitors to dine outside, as well as views over a multi-levelled, landscaped area.
Hospitality brands with sites already in Meadowhall include Tapas Revolution, Wrapchic, Pret A Manger, and Nespresso. Brands to expect in the new hall are yet to be revealed.
The new build will also include a gym, revamped cinema, meeting areas, a modern, multi-storey car park, plus cycle parking and electric car charge points.
The site will also aim to be as sustainable as possible, with plants designed to reduce air pollution, alongside solar panels on the new cinema roof that will provide at least ten per cent of the leisure hall’s energy. The new car park will also feature growing ‘green walls’ (walls covered in shrubs and other plants).
Charles Maudsley, head of retail and leisure for British Land, said: “The leisure hall will continue Meadowhall’s evolution, creating a place with a bolder, broader and deeper leisure mix. The plans will provide a number of benefits to the entire Sheffield City Region and are complementary to other schemes coming forward which together ensure the region plays a central role in the Northern Powerhouse.”
Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, added: “The leisure hall will be a jewel in the Sheffield City Region’s crown, set amongst other equally important investments in this great city.”