Redefine purchased the centre from Aviva in December 2013, and plan to embark on the £4m investment as the centre celebrates the 40th anniversary of its launch in 1974.
The redevelopment will be a four phase project with phases one and two including the creation of a multi functional public space fronting new retail units on the lower ground floor and the reintroduction of the original atrium to improve natural light. Along with the new feature canopied entrance, these measures aims to create a great first impression for shoppers arriving via the lower ground floor and to provide a destination for local independent retailers to thrive.
The refurbishment will also see the introduction new scenic lifts, new branding, totems and wayfinding throughout the scheme as well as decoration works to pilasters, bulkheads, and the exterior of the building. This will pave the way for phases three and four, which are still in development but could include a new anchor store at the north end of the scheme and a reconfiguration of the main mall including improvements to public realm and lighting.
Planning applications for phase one and two have been submitted and commercial terms have been agreed with most of the retailers affected by the works, with planned completion by August 2015.
Centre manager, Kevin Legg said: “Weston Favell shopping centre is a vital hub of the local community. Redefine International’s financial investment and proposed plans demonstrate the company’s commitment to ensuring the centre continues to provide a place for the community to shop, socialise and spend time for years to come.”