The expansion and refurbishment plans of Meadowhall worth of £300m have been submitted to Sheffield City Council.
Meadowhall has been the heart of the Sheffield shopping industry since the 90s, it contains over 280 stores, a two-level Oasis Dining Quarter and Vue cinema.
But does a huge shopping mall on the city’s outskirts drain the vitality of the city centre?
A Sheffield resident Yehya Shams, 19, from Egypt, said: “No I don’t think so. The distance is the main issue, it is really far away from university, but it is still a good place.”
Dhaka Dulku, 15, from Sheffield, said: “Majority of the shops are centered in Meadowhall, so I think people would unlikely to do any shopping at the city centre.”
Ju Tian, a postgraduate student of Sheffield University: “Both places have their own advantages. The city centre is closer to my accommodation but the shops close so early. I would prefer going to Meadowhall to shop after lectures.”
The application of this new five-year project is submitted by the centre’s co-owner British Land.
The new project includes a new cinema, restaurants, a gym an open-air terrace and a new multi-storey car park will be build.
The ‘leisure hall’ will take up 330,000 sq ft and will be covered by a glazed roof and will create 540 temporary jobs during the construction and up to 1,400 jobs once completed.