Work to redevelop the new multi-million Waterside Shopping Centre in Lincoln officially got underway on Friday, July 26.
The £9 million reconstruction plans were officially launched when City of Lincoln Council Chief Executive Andrew Taylor took a sledgehammer to a wall.
The event marks the start of the 18-month redevelopment, which Waterside owners Capital & Regional got planning permission for from the City Council.
Work will be carried out by local firm Simons Group, and will bring H&M and Next to the city centre.
The centre will remain open throughout the works.
General Manager at the Waterside Shopping Centre Roy Greening said: “We are delighted to officially begin construction work on this extremely exciting redevelopment for the Waterside.
“Our vision is now starting to become a reality, and the people of Lincoln will soon be able to enjoy a really fantastic shopping centre.
“We are not only bringing two massive fashion brands to the Waterside in H&M and Next, as well as improving the New Look store. The food court will relocate to the Waterside level as well.”
Andrew Taylor added: “We are proud of how Lincoln’s retail centre has visibly coped with the economy far better than many other cities.
“The Waterside is at the heart of Lincoln’s shopping area, and these works are a wonderful endorsement of investor and retail confidence.
“One of the council’s main priorities is to help the city’s economy grow, and there is no doubt this excellent refurbishment will add even more to the attraction of Lincoln as a fantastic place to shop and no doubt stimulate even more investment by others.”
John Hallam, Project Director at Simons Group said: “We are thrilled to be celebrating the redevelopment of the Waterside Shopping Centre.
“It’s a fantastic project for the whole team and we look forward to helping deliver a fantastic new vision for Lincoln’s High Street.”