Does Meadowhall suck the life out of Sheffield city centre?

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.

Shuqi Shi

Journalism student of the University of Sheffield 2015-2018.

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