Extension unveiled for White Rose Shopping Centre

White Rose Shopping centre.
White Rose Shopping centre.

The company that owns the White Rose shopping centre has revealed plans to build a big extension on the site, which will include an IMAX cinema and new restaurants.

Land Securities said it plans to start on the project next year and expected work would be completed by 2017.

A spokesman for the firm said: “At White Rose, Leeds, we have detailed planning permission for a 65,000 sq ft leisure extension.

“We aim to start on site early next year with completion due in 2017.

“The extension is anchored by an 11 screen Cineworld cinema, including new IMAX technology, and six new restaurants, four of which are already in solicitors’ hands.”

Chief executive Robert Noel said: “Land Securities continues to deliver the right space at the right time, and it’s paying off.

“Our retail portfolio is performing well and leasing levels in our London developments remain strong.

“In retail, our portfolio is focused around our core themes of dominance, experience and convenience. Since the start of the financial year, we have sold selectively, recycling capital into the redevelopment of Westgate, Oxford, and other development opportunities.

“Operationally we are strong, with retailer sales and footfall up in our shopping centres and voids down.

“In London, we continue to benefit from our well-timed development programme delivering schemes into today’s supply constrained market.

“So far this financial year, a further 500,000 sq ft has been let or is in solicitors’ hands.

“We’re focused on completing and letting up the remainder of our committed projects while progressing a future pipeline.

“Our strategy is working and we are well positioned for the future. We have better assets, with higher quality income, and our balance sheet is stronger than ever.”