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Ambitious plans for Renfrewshire shopping centre

Plans have been put forward for a major overhaul of a shopping centre in Renfrewshire, Scotland, with Capital Shopping Centres (CSC) set to invest £200 million into the facility over the coming months.

The premises at Braehead - just west of Glasgow - are to undergo significant expansion over the coming months, with the project set to deliver a range of new amenities for visitors, including a new 200-bed hotel and an attached ice rink.

More cafes and retail areas are to be constructed, while CSC also has plans for a new arena for concerts, conferences and exhibitions.

It is an ambitious design and the plans will call for a major influx of workers over the coming months. Should the development get the green light from planners, it could deliver upwards of 2,000 jobs in the construction sector, while also providing a major boost to the local community and economy.

Peter Beagley, regional centre director for CSC, commented: "This will be one of the biggest private investment projects in Scotland for a long time.

"With planning consent, we will be creating thousands of jobs at a time of economic downturn and it will be a boost not only to Renfrewshire, but also to the wider west of Scotland economy."

Last year, a report from Scottish Enterprise was published entitled Building for the Future: the Scottish Construction Industry's Strategy 2013-2016, in which was outlined forecasts that gross value added (GVA) profits could grow for the sector by ten per cent over the coming years.

"We're an industry which was hit particularly hard by the economic downturn, but working together to increase our innovation, productivity and competitiveness to deliver a more sustainable, low carbon economy will help us meet our growth ambitions," Construction Scotland Industry Leadership Group chairman Tim Clarke commented at the time. 

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