BAM to deliver intu Watford extension
£100M into Watford redevelopment to bring 500 construction jobs in the area.
BAM Construction has been appointed as main contractor on the £100M extension of intu Watford.
The project forms part of the intu master plan for Watford town centre. It will involve the partial rebuild and full renovation of the Chater Place shopping centre which sits adjacent to the 1Msq ft intu Watford shopping centre. intu acquired the Charter Place centre in April 2013.
The £100M investment will integrate the two centres, creating a single 1.4Msq ft retail, dining and leisure facility for the affluent north London and Hertfordshire catchment. The intu Watford, which currently has a footfall of 17, will also be extended and refurbished. The project forms parts of the company’s intended £1.2Bn investment pipeline over the next ten years across its full portfolio.
BAM’s involvement on the project will include the design development for the extension, the demolition of the old precinct, the refurbishment of the existing car park and a substantial element of new build work, which will feature a canopy roof above a public square.
Rebecca Ryman, regional director of intu, said: “The redevelopment of intu Watford and the adjoining centre will transform the town into a major retail and leisure destination considerably boosting its position in the UK retail rankings, placing it firmly in the top 20. The work by BAM on the extension will be a key element in creating the right space in the right place to help retailers’ businesses flourish and provide an even wider range of shops, restaurants and leisure offers for our customers.”
It is expected that the extension will house larger, modern retail units which will attract top brands once it is complete. The existing shopping experience at intu Watford will be further enhanced by the new public square which will host various events including street theatre and music shows. The two level shopping centre with car park will be completed with a 40,000 sq ft, nine-screen, 1,500 seat Cineworld cinema, which will include an IMAX screen.
Adam Harding, construction director – South East of BAM Construction, said: “The plans for intu Watford are very exciting and BAM’s work on the extension section will create a townscape in keeping with the heritage of the area. In the process, we will be bringing 500 construction jobs which will be more good news for the town. It’s great to add to our strong track record in the town of Watford.”
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