Kier has won a contract for the first phase construction of the £85m redevelopment initiative of the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne, UK.
Estimated to cost around £2m, the phase involves creation of a contemporary glass atrium at the Centre's west entrance. It will also include upgrades for the nearby shopfronts and facades, which have been planned to co-ordinate with the style of the new extension.
Kier intends to start its work on the project soon since the completion is expected to be before Christmas.
The firm is likely to carry out the construction work for the project overnight in the initial few weeks to create the scaffolding with minimal disruption.
Access to the centre will be open during the entire development phase and business will continue.
The centre is expected to open up a temporary entrance through the adjacent shop unit for the majority of the work.
The development also includes plan for setting up a holding bay for deliveries and removal of demolition material at Terminus Road. This will lead to a few minor changes to bus stops, for which permissions have been received from East Sussex County Council and the bus operators.
Eastbourne Member of Parliament Caroline Ansell said: "The aim of the plan is to encourage more retailers to set-up-shop in Eastbourne, and consequently encourage local people to do their shopping in the town - rather than going to Brighton or elsewhere.
"Because of the increased numbers of shoppers, independent traders should also benefit if we work on sign-posting and road design, offering shoppers a characterful and unique taste of Eastbourne."
Work for the main part of the 170,000ft2 extension is likely to start next year. It includes redevelopment plan for three floors along with addition of 22 retail units, seven restaurant units, one multiscreen cinema and a significant extension to the car park.
Image: Aerial view of the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne, UK. Photo: courtesy of Eastbourne Arndale Centre.