I agree.That is fantastic news. The centre will be a lot better with new floors and ceilings but a new Sidgate will be excellent.
http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2010/02/17/eldon-square-revamp-could-be-catalyst-for-a-brighter-future-61634-25849576/Eldon Square revamp could be catalyst for a brighter future
THE new Eldon Square shopping mall could be the catalyst Newcastle needs to shake off the troubles of the recession, city leaders say.
Following the opening yesterday of St Andrew’s Way, which boasts the North East’s first Apple store and a flagship four-storey Debenhams, business chiefs believe further investment can be found to improve shopping in the city and boost visitor numbers. They say there are big-name retailers queuing to set up shop in the city for the first time in a bid to follow in Apple’s footsteps. And they believe council bosses can work with private sector officials to make Newcastle a prime UK destination for shopping, culture and entertainment. A total of £170m has been spent on renovating Eldon Square over the last five years, culminating in the opening of the new mall housing five brands which are new to Newcastle. Next £2m will now be spent on bringing the rest of the shopping centre up to the standard of the new mall, with new floor tiles going in from March.
That would be fantastic! We'd have a good mix of different styles of malls then.Good news on the possible refurbishment of Sidgate, would love to see them open the section at the end of Clayton Street through to Old Eldon Square and then redvelop the mall with that open air street mall style seen in Belfast, Bristol and Liverpool. I'd also like a Classical building to emulate what was lost on the Boots/Metro entrance site, a nice cuppola and good detailing.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, it doesn't seem to work with any of the tills in the new store - self-serve or attended - and the staff know nothing of iPhones, apps or anything else. hno: