Published on 31/01/2014

Intu receives planning permission for £17 million catering development

Planning permission has been granted by Newcastle City Council to refurbish and redevelop two of the malls within intu Eldon Square shopping centre in Newcastle. Intu plans to create a destination dining quarter, providing 21 new catering units within the current Sidgate and High Friars malls.   

The new dining quarter will be a covered family dining space set over two levels within the heart of Newcastle city centre, incorporating the stunning Grade II listed facades and views over Old Eldon Square, Greys Monument  and the Grainger Town Conservation Area. 

Kate Grant, asset management director for intu said: “Newcastle is a vibrant city and intuEldon Square occupies the prime pitch with an annual footfall of 36 million. With such a strong catchment, lots of operators know that there is a huge demand for their brands in Newcastle and have been waiting for an opportunity like this to arrive. There is great interest in the project, and we’re excited to be bringing new catering concepts to Newcastle.” It is expected that approximately 250 permanent jobs will be created once the outlets are open, and the plans will further complement the growth in tourism and business that the city is experiencing, reflected in the opening of several new hotels recently.    

Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council, added : "The council is working hard with longstanding partners intu to drive growth and create jobs in the local economy by increasing the vibrancy and competitiveness of the city's retail offer. “Investing in our city, supporting business and creating the right conditions for growth are critical to our future. This new destination dining quarter will add to the distinctiveness of the city centre and underline Newcastle's attractiveness as a key destination."

Phil Steele, General Manager of intu Eldon Square, commented:"Intu Eldon Square is really excited about this new development. There is a huge demand for restaurant space in the city, and this will really enhance the environment for our shoppers."

It is expected that works will start on site in early 2014 for an opening around Easter 2015. 

Intu is already investing heavily in the shopping centre which is currently undergoing a £22m refreshment and modernisation programme enhancing existing malls by upgrading ceilings and interiors and a new main entrance to the centre on Northumberland Street.

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