Braehead expansion could create 5,000 jobs

22 Mar 2013

Up to 5,000 jobs could be created at a busy Renfrew shopping mall if a £200 million plan to expand the centre goes ahead.

Capital Shopping Centres, owners of the town's Braehead Shopping Centre, have submitted a planning application for the multi-million pound development with Renfrewshire Council's planning department.

If given the green light, a new department store, ice rink, sports arena, 200 bed hotel, conference centre and public square could be built on land between the existing shopping centre and Xscape.

The mall's owners claim the development could bring 3,000 retail and leisure jobs to the area, with an extra 2,000 construction jobs created during the building phase.

Peter Beagley, regional centre director for CSC, said: "This will be one of the biggest private investment projects in Scotland for a long time.

"With planning consent, we will be creating thousands of jobs at a time of economic downturn and it will be a boost not only to Renfrewshire, but also to the wider West of Scotland economy.

"We would hope that the new jobs being created at Braehead will particularly help young people find employment and get their feet on the career ladder."

An application has been lodged with the council following a successful consultation period by the centre's management.

The plans also include a significant upgrade to public transport facilities, with the creation of a new interchange for buses and the proposed Fastlink bus service between Braehead, Renfrew and Glasgow.

Source: The Gazette

 

 

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