British Land, joint owner of Meadowhall in Sheffield, has submitted a detailed planning application to Sheffield City Council for a £300m Meadowhall Leisure Hall.

The proposed extension forms part of a five-year vision to extend the leisure offer at the centre, helping further grow the appeal of the Sheffield City Region.

The extension is the next phase of Meadowhall’s evolution and will follow a £60m refurbishment which is underway and due to complete at the end of 2017.

The planning submission follows extensive consultation by British Land with a wide range of stakeholders. Public exhibitions were held in June and October this year with 93% of respondents expressing support for the proposals.

The extension comprises a 330,000sq ft multi-level extension housed under an elegant glazed roof, which will add dining and entertainment options not currently available at Meadowhall, as well as high quality internal and external spaces for events and community use.

These include new restaurants, a state-of-the-art cinema to replace the existing cinema, a new café court, gym and additional leisure space.

The plans also include a new open-air terrace. The Leisure Hall will be integrated with the front of the existing centre to create a new multi-levelled, landscaped open space.

Sustainability is also central to the proposals, with solar panels planned for the roof of the new cinema to reduce carbon emissions and will provide at least 10% of the Leisure Hall’s energy consumption. There will also be a number of areas of new planting to help reduce air pollution and aid bio-diversity including the new multi-storey car park’s ‘green walls’.

Sheffield City Council is expected to make a decision in spring 2017. The Leisure Hall will create 540 temporary jobs during its construction and up to 1,400 jobs once complete.

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.”

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