Work has begun on the revamp of Liverpool’s Metquarter shopping centre.
Lincoln-based retail specialist Simons Group was appointed to construct the scheme in December, with Gleeds appointed the agent for the scheme after initially being brought on board as cost manager.
Simons Group fought off competition from rival bidder Graham to land the project.
The programme of works includes extensive remodeling of the interior to extend and open up the available space by 20,000 sq ft, as well as a comprehensive overhaul of the associated services to accommodate the new floorplan.
The works will also include breaking through the external façade to create balconied areas and terraces, in a bid to enliven the surrounding streetscape and improve the visitor experience.
The project by Queensberry Real Estate is expected to complete in August and will include an 18,000 sq ft four-screen boutique cinema by Everyman as well as additional restaurant space.
The 130,000 sq ft shopping centre was launched in 2006 as a high-end retail destination, with current tenants including Hugo Boss, LK Bennett, and Jo Malone.
Once complete, the overhaul will bring the total amount of food and drink space in the development to 20,000 sq ft.
Sara Boonham, head of retail developments at Gleeds, said: “Queensberry has a vision to completely revitalise and reposition Metquarter as the premium leisure and retail destination in Liverpool’s city centre and we are delighted to be able to bring our experience to the fore and make that vision a reality.”
K2 Architects designed the refurbishment, while GL Hearn advised on planning.