Weston Favell Shopping Centre to close lifts for refurbishment as part of £4m revamp

Weston Favell Centre
Weston Favell Centre

Lifts at Weston Favell Shopping Centre will be closed for three months as part of the £4 million redevelopment.

Centre bosses have put in contingency plans during the work, which runs from October 4 to January 16, to allow customers to use the lifts in WHSmith.

Weston Bridge is also closing for refurbishment from October 5 to March 2016.

A spokesperson for the centre said: “Directions to the elevator will be clearly displayed throughout the centre. There will also be access to a lift outside of store opening hours, shoppers will be able to contact the centre’s security team who will be happy to accompany them to the alternative lift.

“Lift attendants will be easily spotted wearing pink high visibility jackets, branded with the WF logo and ‘Lift Attendant’ on the back.

“The lift redevelopment is part of a £4 million, four-phase refurbishment with phases one and two focussing on the creation of a multi-functional public space home to new retail units on the lower ground floor and the reintroduction of the original atrium, improving natural light in this area.

“Along with the new feature canopied entrance, these measures will create a great first impression for shoppers arriving via the lower ground floor and provide a destination for local independent retailers to thrive.”

Centre manager, Kevin Legg said: “We have already come so far in the development, the new Standens Barn bridge is available for shoppers to use and I think you’ll agree we now have some of the nicest toilets in the wider area. Unfortunately, to complete the work there will be some minor disruption, however, our team will be doing their utmost to keep this disruption to a minimum and be on hand to help people wherever needed.

“We believe Weston Favell shopping centre is a vital ‘hub’ of the local community. Although we face minor disruptions during the refurbishment, we hope you’ll agree it will have all been worthwhile.

“Redefine International’s financial investment and proposed plans demonstrate the company’s commitment to ensuring the centre continues to provide a place for the community to shop, socialise and spend time for years to come.”