Start of centre facelift

An artist's impression of the floodlit dome on Brandon Parade South
An artist's impression of the floodlit dome on Brandon Parade South
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WORK on the first phase of the Brandon Shopping Centre’s £450,000 facelift will begin on Monday.

Contractors will work through the night removing the canopy covering Brandon Parade South outside the former Asda store, with the work expected to last just over a week.

At the same time teams of shop fitters will be busy reconfiguring the remaining space on the ground floor of the Asda building, which has planning permission for use as a restaurant.

Later phases of the Motherwell centre’s makeover will include cleaning canopies and panels and making a floodlit feature of the dome in the centre of the main shopping mall.

The plans also feature bright new signage at the entrances to the mall, and on the blank walls fronting onto West Hamilton Street and the Brandon Parade South car park.

This work is all scheduled to take place in the coming months.

William Gear, director of centre owner Chester Properties, said: “We are delighted to be making a start to ensuring the centre is much more attractive and welcoming to prospective new tenants and to the people of Motherwell who are our loyal customers.

“Making an investment on this scale was no easy decision in the current economic climate, but demonstrates our commitment to further enhance the town centre.

“Shoppers coming in from the Brandon Parade South car park will find the centre much brighter when the canopy is gone, and the work on the Asda space will make it much more attractive to prospective tenants.

“We were determined to minimise any disruption for centre users, and having our contractors working through the night will ensure that happens.”

News of the latest developments come as the town centre saw increased footfall of 6.6 per cent over Easter compared with the holiday period last year.