White Rose Shopping Centre ends 2016 looking forward with leisure extension

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White Rose Shopping Centre is ending 2016 on a high note by celebrating the Topping Out of the scheme’s transformative 65,000 sq ft leisure extension.

The shopping centre commemorated the final beam being laid at the peak of the centre’s soon-to-be unveiled IMAX screen.

The extension will introduce six new restaurants, including Wagamama, TGI Friday’s, Chiquito and Pizza Hut, alongside an 11-screen, state-of-the-art IMAX Cineworld cinema, an event space, as well as a bespoke children’s play area.

The leisure-focused extension will complement the full-day experience for the centre’s loyal and buoyant customer base who can already enjoy free parking and long opening hours.

White Rose Shopping Centre has remained a popular choice for the Leeds community and a strong performer in Land Securities’ retail portfolio for nearly two decades. The new leisure extension will further strengthen and future-proof White Rose Shopping Centre’s popularity within the local area and beyond.

It follows previous investments into areas in the scheme, such as The Balcony which opened in 2014 introducing five new food and beverage brands, adding 20,000 sq ft and revitalising the design of the centre’s food court.

Rob Jewell, Portfolio Director at Land Securities, said: “The Topping Out ceremony marks the team’s achievement since breaking ground in April and is an important step towards completion in just over three-months’ time.

We are all so excited to complete this vital extension to the scheme, and look forward to opening new restaurants and the cinema next summer.

“At Land Securities, we are committed to providing customers with best-in-class experiences, and we are proud to say that - with the partnership and support from Leeds City Council and Morgan Sindall - we are achieving that here at White Rose in creating a space that fits the needs of those who work and shop at the centre, and bringing future prospects to those that live and shop in the area.”

Peter Finegan, Senior Project Manager at Morgan Sindall said: “We are very pleased to reach topping out on such an exciting project. Our work here will leave a lasting legacy, providing a platform for retail and leisure-focused businesses to establish themselves in one of the most popular shopping destinations in the North.”

Coun Kim Groves, Chairwoman of The Employment and Skills Board for Inner South Leeds at Leeds City Council, added: “Leeds Council wholly supports the extension at White Rose Shopping Centre and the opportunities it will bring the local community. White Rose Shopping Centre acts as a landmark in the community having provided jobs to Leeds for nearly two decades.”