intu has today announced the appointment of Sir Robert McAlpine to deliver the £86 million transformation of intu Broadmarsh in Nottingham ahead of the contractor starting on site in early 2019 to deliver the next phase of the project. This latest news from the shopping centre owner comes after Nottingham City Council’s announcement that it has confirmed its approval to the award of the contract for the intu Broadmarsh redevelopment.

Preparatory work has been ongoing throughout 2018 including the relocation of the centre’s management office and improvements to the Wilkos store to make way for The Light cinema.

Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of the City Council, said: “I’m pleased intu have signed contracts with Sir Robert McAlpine which means work can finally begin to make major changes to the area, which shows the confidence intu have in Nottingham. 2019 promises to be a busy year in the Broadmarsh area, with the new Broadmarsh Car Park building also due to start on site soon.

“The redevelopment of the shopping centre and the area has been a long time coming and I’m sure we all look forward to a new intu Broadmarsh, a rejuvenated Car Park, Bus Station and new Central Library, as part of the wider major redevelopment of this part of Nottingham. The Broadmarsh redevelopment programme forms part of the £600m worth of regeneration in the area such as at Nottingham Station, Station Street, Nottingham Castle, Nottingham College’s City Hub, Unity Square, City Buildings, Carrington Street and much more.”

Martin Breeden, development director at intu, said: “We are looking forward to this next stage in developing the centre into a great place to eat, relax and play from day time through to evening. The redeveloped intu Broadmarsh will draw people in from further afield and complement the existing retail offer in Nottingham.”

“The Light and Hollywood Bowl are both committed to the centre and there is significant interest from a number of retailers and restaurants in taking space at the centre. We are creating the most exciting development in the city’s southern area for more than five decades and we continue to work with Nottingham City Council on their plans for the wider Broadmarsh area, which is a fabulous regeneration programme.”

This news follows on from the opening of the a 400,000 sq ft extension to intu Watford earlier this year. Next to launch will be the new £72m leisure development at intu Lakeside which is set to open next year. The development will include leisure brands like Nickelodeon, Hollywood Bowl and new mini-golf venue Puttshack.