intu appoints McLaren Construction for intu Lakeside scheme

intu has appointed McLaren Construction to build the 175,000 sq ft leisure extension to intu Lakeside that will host Nickelodeon’s first UK shopping centre attraction.

The £73 million scheme will open in 2018, anchored by a Nickelodeon-themed family entertainment centre and one of Hollywood Bowl’s biggest tenpin bowling venues.

They will be joined by a number of other leisure and catering brands to provide new and compelling experiences at what is already one of the UK’s most popular shopping and leisure destinations.

Rebecca Ryman, regional managing director at intu, said: “We’re investing millions at intu Lakeside to ensure that it can deliver one of the biggest and best shopping and leisure experiences in the country and it’s exciting to see our plans take shape with the appointment of McLaren Construction to build the first phase of the centre’s extension.

“It is going to provide a fantastic new space for leisure brands to flourish at intu Lakeside and create even more compelling reasons for families to enjoy a day out experience with us.”

McLaren Construction will begin construction work this month.

David Murphy, McLaren Construction’s managing director – distribution and mixed use stated: “McLaren are pleased to be working collaboratively with intu on this exciting landmark project. The new brands will add an extra dimension to the shopping experience, creating a destination for families, shoppers and diners with attractions and events for day and evening visitors.”

intu is also continuing work on the 400,000 sq ft extension to intu Watford this year ahead of its autumn 2018 opening and anticipates starting construction work on the redevelopment of intu Broadmarsh.