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The Galleries shopping centre entrance to receive spruce-up

ONE of Bristol's best known shopping centres is to get a facelift.

The Galleries Shopping centre is undergoing a spring spruce-up as part of the £1.5million re-development of the city centre's oldest shopping mall.

As reported in The Post, the Galleries has undergone a series of changes which has seen the food court relocated and a new key store opened on the third store.

And in the latest stage of the redevelopment the main entrance to the shopping centre is undergoing the facelift.

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An artist's impression of the new entrance for The Galleries

The Galleries has been badly hit by the downturn on the high Street and at one stage more than a third of the stores were left empty.

But the centre, which celebrated its 21st birthday this year, changed hands just over two years ago.

The owners, Infrared Capital Partners, have been determined to invest in the centre and safeguard its position in Bristol.

The work has already started on improving the Merchant Street entrance with the aim off merging it into the surrounding area.

Local company Lancer Scott has been taken on to carry out the work - which is expected to take around 16 weeks to complete.

The build is managed by Hark Group and the firm has been responsible for overseeing the refurbishment.

David Henderson-Williams, from the Hark Group, said: "The centre will certainly be lighter, brighter and more modern.

"The updates will include cladding the current red brick in a Bath stone coloured material plus adding glass panels and increasing the actual height of the entrances.

"There will be new signage and internal doors and improved lighting as well as extending the existing coloured paving all the way up to the new doors."

Colin Lang, the manager of the centre, added: "We are very excited about these changes and we are also confident they will further enhance the environment and make a considerable difference to the overall shopping and visitor experience."

Recent arrivals at The Galleries have included up-market furniture store Bo Concept and the 99p stores which has taken 15,000 square feet on the third floor of the shopping centre.

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