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First-Look At Proposed Exterior Of Nickelodeon’s New Family Entertainment Centre At intu Lakeside [Updated]

UK: intu have unveiled new concept footage showing just how their multi-million pound development at Lakeside will take shape – including a first-look at the exterior of the Nickelodeon-branded family entertainment centre!

The £73 million scheme will open in 2018, anchored by Nickelodeon’s first UK shopping centre attraction, and one of Hollywood Bowl’s biggest tenpin bowling venues.

Update (Tuesday 17th April 2018): intu properties plc has announced during their Q1 2018 Trading Report that the opening of the £72 million Nickelodeon anchored leisure development at intu Lakeside has been postponed, and is now due to open in Spring 2019. The development, which is expected to substantially strengthen the centre through increasing catchment and footfall, is progressing well, with 85 per cent of the space exchanged.

The Nickelodeon-themed indoor family entertainment centre will provide pure entertainment for kids and families. Boasting a colourful décor, the centre will be highly interactive with a large variety of adventure zones, and will feature a dedicated space for the younger members of the family, numerous attractions and Nickelodeon-themed rooms – perfect for birthday parties and family get-togethers. Experiences will include character meet-and-greets featuring some of Nickelodeon’s most beloved characters, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, PAW Patrol and The Fairly OddParents. Building on intu Lakeside’s highly successful catering offer, it will have a dedicated food and beverage area and a Nickelodeon retail space offering Nickelodeon merchandise.

The Nickelodeon-branded indoor family entertainment centre is being developed by Viacom International Media Networks, Parques Reunidos, and intu.

Intu have enlisted McLaren Construction to carry out the hefty workload which will transform the already popular Lakeside into a state of the art centre.

With a number of leisure and catering brands to keep the whole family happy, the new development promises to provide compelling entertainment.

Rebecca Ryman, regional managing director at intu, said: “We’re investing millions at intu Lakeside to ensure that it can deliver one of the biggest and best shopping and leisure experiences in the country and it’s exciting to see our plans take shape with the appointment of McLaren Construction to build the first phase of the centre’s extension.

“It is going to provide a fantastic new space for leisure brands to flourish at Intu Lakeside and create even more compelling reasons for families to enjoy a day out experience with us.”

The new complex will stretch 175,000 sq. feet from the back of Lakeside, with the Nickelodeon centre occupying 50,000 square feet, and will make full use of the vast outdoor area near to the lake.

McLaren Construction will begin construction work on the 15 month project this month.

David Murphy, McLaren Construction’s managing director – distribution and mixed use stated: “McLaren are pleased to be working collaboratively with intu on this exciting landmark project. The new brands will add an extra dimension to the shopping experience, creating a destination for families, shoppers and diners with attractions and events for day and evening visitors.”

Originally published: Sunday, September 10, 2017.

Original source: Essex Live; Additional sources: Shares Magazine, London South East.


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