Intu Watford confirms opening date for £180m extension
The £180m extension at Intu Watford will open in October 2018, announced Intu on Thursday. The expansion will transform the mall into one of the UK’s largest in-town shopping centres when it opens.
The announcement follows a ‘topping out’ ceremony in November with representatives from Intu and contractor Laing O’Rourke gathered to mark the progress of the extension. Following an age-old tradition celebrated by builders, a ceremonial piece of concrete was laid on the roof of the extension to mark the development’s highest point being reached.
The extension will expand the shopping centre’s offer by 400,000 sq ft, adding a new Debenhams anchor store plus 13 new shops, 11 restaurants, a Hollywood Bowl and a 9 screen IMAX Cinemaworld cinema.
The project is expected to place Watford alongside Edinburgh and Bristol in CACI’s top 20 national retail destinations.
Rebecca Ryman, regional managing director at Intu, said: “We’re bringing together the best retail and leisure brands for intu Watford’s affluent customer base. Our plans will establish the centre both as a daytime and evening destination and drive what is already a busy and prosperous local economy, with 38 million visitors to Watford high street every year and 83 per cent of our customers drawn from the most affluent ABC1 socio-economic group.”
Work on the extension started in March 2016 and has involved an investment of £180 million. When complete, the shopping centre will have a total of 1.4 million sq ft of retail and leisure space. The town is a popular destination for visitors of the nearby Warner Bros Studio Tour.
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