BREAKING: Building work on new Arndale faces delay

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Building work on the new Arndale Centre extension has been delayed.

Work on the £85 million extension had been due to start within the next few weeks but Legal & General, which is behind the facelift, announced this morning (Tuesday) that bosses were locked in talks with contractors and “talks will delay the proposed summer start time”.

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A spokesperson insisted L&G remained focussed on delivering the £85 million extension to the Eastbourne Arndale Centre and said that “to say otherwise would be untrue”.

“As is standard practice, we are in discussions with potential contractors regarding final details for the main building phase of the scheme,” said the spokesperson.

“These talks will delay our proposed summer start time.”

Kier Construction completed the first £2million stage of the phase to create a contemporary glass atrium at the centre’s west entrance, nearest Banker’s Corner, and upgraded nearby shopfronts and facades to be in keeping with the style of the new extension.

Work on the main part of the 170,000 sq ft extension is over three floors and contains an additional 22 retail units, seven restaurant units, a multiscreen cinema and a significant extension to the car park.

A spokesperson at L&G said, “We have made great progress to date, which is a sign of our commitment to deliver the shopping centre extension. Work to the new West Entrance has been completed by Kier Construction, and we recently exchanged contracts with New Look.

“Other prestigious signings include Cineworld, Next, H & M, restaurants Nando’s, Carluccio’s, Wagamama, Byron, Chiquito and Frankie & Benny’s. Shoppers will see that Metro Bank is currently shop-fitting.”

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