Work commences on Queensgate Extension

Lendlease appoints McLaren Construction to carry out second phase of works

Lendlease and Invesco Real Estate, the global real estate investment manager, have announced that McLaren Construction has been appointed to complete the second phase of works for the 77,000 sq ft leisure extension at Queensgate shopping centre in Peterborough.

Working alongside consultant, Gardiner & Theobald, McLaren will carry out the vertical extension, closing off parts of the building for redevelopment, whilst Queensgate remains fully operational.

The investment includes a new central atrium, covered by a glazed roof, which will be home to a bespoke restaurant and leisure space,  designed specifically to allow natural light to flood the space. Additionally, a new bridge link will provide access between the extension and a new 10-screen Empire cinema, all  due to be completed by Autumn 2021.

Guy Thomas, head of retail at Lendlease, commented: “The extension, which includes space set aside for leisure that will complement the 10-screen Empire cinema, marks a major milestone for Queensgate’s development, futureproofing the retail destination for years to come.”

Jay Newman, managing director, McLaren – South, said: “This is a challenging build – we know from our experience in building mixed-use leisure and restaurant developments that we have to be innovative with the project scheduling, using modern construction methods to carry out the demolition and major works – to minimise disruption to Peterborough’s shoppers.

CBRE and Time Retail Partners act as agents for Queensgate and the extension.

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