intu Eldon Square poised to start work on multi-million pound restaurant zone

A rooftop terrace forms part of intu Eldon Square's plans for new restaurant zone Grey's Quarter

A CGI of the rooftop terrace planned by intu Eldon Square
A CGI of the rooftop terrace planned by intu Eldon Square

A rooftop terrace will form part of multi-million pound plans for a revamped restaurant area at intu Eldon Square, the property developers have revealed.

The firm behind North East shopping complexes intu Metrocentre and Eldon Square are weeks away from unveiling detailed plans for a new multi-million pound restaurant zone in heart of its Newcastle centre.

The London Stock Exchange listed company told last year how they were pumping £22m into the centre’s biggest refurbishment programme since it opened in 1977, as well as putting further investment into creating Grey’s Quarter, a food area with 21 new food outlets.

Newcastle city council has approve intu’s application to refurbish two malls in Eldon Square Shopping Centre, creating the dining quarter at the centre’s Sidgate and High Friars shopping streets.

Visitors to the centre can see how just a few retailers remain over the two levels, including Specsavers and Boots, and work is poised to start very soon.

The firm said the design will incorporate Grade II listed facades and views over Old Eldon Square, Grey’s Monument and the Grainger Town Conservation Area.

Existing malls have already been upgraded with new ceilings and interiors and a new main entrance to the centre has been developed on Northumberland Street.

Ben Cox, senior asset manager for intu Properties plc, said: “We at intu Eldon Square are very excited about our new restaurant quarter, which is the next stage of our development programme commencing this year.

“Greys Quarter will be located over two levels within the current Sidgate and High Friars Malls between Grey’s Monument and Next.

“We have now secured possession of the majority of accommodation required for the project to commence.

“The initial construction phase will commence very shortly and updates will follow in due course as the project progresses.

“Greys Quarter will be a fantastic addition to both Eldon Square and the catering scene in Newcastle providing a great variety of dining options for visitors to the city centre. It will comprise 21 new catering units into the heart of the shopping centre.

“The line-up will feature some new entrants to Newcastle alongside exciting new concepts for familiar restaurant brands.

“Meanwhile, new catering operators continue to arrive at the centre, seen most recently in the December openings of the new Prezzo restaurant at Old Eldon Square and two floor Caffe Nero at the Northumberland Street entrance.

“Following the recently completed £22m mall refurbishment programme, the development of Greys Quarter represents yet further commitment and investment from intu and our partners in enhancing Eldon Square and continuing to provide a first class experience for our customers.”

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