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Green light given for Renfrewshire mall expansion | 17 November 2014

Green light given for Renfrewshire mall expansion | 17 November 2014

Council bosses in Renfrewshire have given the green light for work to start on a major expansion project at one of the area’s biggest retail complexes.

As part of the plans, intu Braehead, which is situated on the bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, will be the subject of a £200 million overhaul, which involves the creation of various new facilities.

Among the planned features is a new public square housing a hotel and state-of-the-art sports venue. New shops, restaurants and department stores will also be opened.

With so many extra visitors expected at the shopping centre when the work is complete, efforts will be made to improve the complex’s accessibility. This will involve the opening of a dedicated transport hub, where the mall will be connected to central Glasgow and Paisley by Fastlink bus services. Local cycling and walking routes will also be enhanced.

Peter Beagley, regional director at intu, highlighted the knock-on effects of the decision. He was quoted by stv.tv as saying: “Members of Renfrewshire Council’s planning board have taken a major step towards creating 5000 new jobs, with £200m of private investment at Braehead.

“Without this planning permission, the vital jobs, along with the investment in Renfrewshire, could not be delivered. We look forward to working with the council to now bring forward detailed planning applications.”

Work on the project is expected to begin early next year, dailyrecord.co.uk reports.

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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