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intu Lakeside extension wins national award for placemaking

McLaren customer intu has won the Revo Gold ‘Re:lax’ award, in recognition of how it’s new leisure extension at intu Lakeside shopping centre is transforming the centre into a major south east tourist destination.

As the main contractor, McLaren completed the design and build project in August 2019 which has creating 175,000 sq ft of additional space for leisure and restaurant facilities. The space includes Nickelodeon’s first UK shopping centre attraction: Nickelodeon Adventure, and one of Hollywood Bowl’s biggest tenpin bowling venues.

The award was presented to intu at the Revo award ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in London with judges commenting on how the development successfully brings new and compelling experiences to what is already one of the UK’s most popular shopping and leisure destinations.

Judges also commended McLaren and intu for creating a space that reshapes the customer proposition at Lakeside, creating a truly integrated retail and leisure experience in one location.

Jay Newman, Managing Director – South at McLaren added:

“intu Lakeside’s leisure development is a landmark project for both McLaren and intu, bringing new experiences that add an extra dimension to this already hugely popular shopping destination.

“20 million people visit intu Lakeside every year and we are proud to have been involved in a project that is bringing more excitement, intrigue and fun to the area. It’s a stunning development that will help grow business for all the centre’s retail and leisure brands and provide a space for communities to flourish. It’s fantastic to win this award and receive recognition for a job well done.”

intu was also awarded a Revo Gold award for its retail and leisure extension at intu Watford in the Re:new category.

Matthew Roberts, intu chief executive said:

“The developments at intu Watford and intu Lakeside epitomise how retail space is changing and how innovation coupled with a deep understanding of visitor expectations can create something very special. In both instances, the developments have not only created engaging, family-friendly day out destinations but have also had a significant impact on the performance of the overall schemes.”