• 10 April 2019

intu Lakeside’s leisure facility opens its doors

Waterman are delighted that intu Lakeside’s new state-of-the-art leisure facility has opened its doors in time for the summer.

£72 million has been invested into intu Properties’ 1.4 million ft2 transformation of the shopping centre, providing hundreds of new jobs and creating one of the country’s most popular retail and leisure destinations.

As one of the developments first milestones, Hollywood Bowl, Britain’s largest tenpin bowling company, has opened its largest centre to date with the new 24-lane bowling alley, American-style diner, bar and arcade.

In addition to the significant overhaul to the main shopping facilities, there will be a host of new restaurants, shopping brands, Nickelodeon-themed family entertainment centre, Puttshack mini golf and Flip Out trampolining opening later in the year.

A further £9 million has been invested into the centre’s new food court which has been designed to create a vibrant dining experience for its customers.

We were appointed to carry out structural engineering services throughout the project, generating the client’s brief and employer’s requirements for the shell works. This included enhancements ranging from its lighting, via the use of long span timber beams, alterations to balustrades to increase heights for adjacent seating and new floor finishes.

Karen Telling, Director of Waterman Structures, said of this milestone; “We are delighted to have been involved in such an interesting development which looks to boost the local economy and provide a unique leisure experience, ensuring that Lakeside continues to thrive as a mixed-use asset.”

intu Lakeside won ‘Best Catering and Leisure Destination’ at the BCSC Gold Awards in 2014.