Shopping centre giant Westfield today revealed a £1 billion bid to open its latest mega-mall in Croydon.
The company, which already has two major centres in London — at Shepherd’s Bush in the west and Stratford in the east — plans to open its third to dominate the south.
The development will be based around the town’s Whitgift Centre, with the company’s bosses claiming it will regenerate an area devastated by last summer’s riots.
They say the scheme will nearly triple the size of the centre and the 1.5 million square feet of retail space would include a major department store.
A family leisure complex with a multi-screen cinema, bowling and restaurants, along with 600 new homes and car parking are also part of the project. The company estimates it will create more than 5,000 permanent local job opportunities including full-time and part-time work. However Westfield — which will unveil its plans at a public consultation next week — faces a challenge from rival retail developer Hammerson, owner of Brent Cross shopping centre.
Westfield development director John Burton said
A four day consultation will start on Thursday 5 July 2012.
Westfield plans to submit its development application for the development in July 2012.