- Lakeside Shopping Centre
infobox shopping mall
shopping_mall_name = Lakeside
image_width = 160
caption = Logo of the shopping centre
caption = Lakeside logo
architect = ?
coordinates = Coord|51|29|15|N|0|17|0|E|type:landmark|region:UK|display=inline,title
October 25, 1990
developer = Capital Shopping Centres PLC
manager = ?
owner = Capital
number_of_stores = 228
number_of_anchors = 4
area = convert|120|acre|km2|1
floor_area = convert|1403000|sqft|m2|-2|abbr=on
floors = 3
parking = 13,000 spaces
website = [http://www.lakeside.uk.com www.lakeside.uk.com] The Lakeside Shopping Centre is a large out-of-town shopping centre located in
West Thurrock, in the borough of Thurrock, Essexjust beyond the eastern boundary of Greater London. It opened on October 25, 1990.
The shopping centre, in addition to the retail parks, forms one of the largest shopping areas in a single location within
Europe, with almost convert|2600000|sqft|m2|-4 of retail space on a site of convert|200|acre|km2. The community of Chafford Hundredhas grown to the east of the centre since its opening. Its main rival is the BluewaterShopping Centre in Greenhithe
Main shopping centre
The shopping centre is one of the largest in Europe with 123,644 m² (1,330,936 ft²) available as retail floorspace although the
MetroCentrein Gateshead, after its expansion in 2004, is larger. There are 228 shops, of which there are 3 department stores, 33 cafes and restaurants and a 26 acre lake named Alexandra Lake with a PADIcertified diving school complex. Lakeside has on average 500,000 visitors per week.
It is currently open on weekdays from 10 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. The centre's
car parks have capacity for 13,000 cars.
The centre has a direct link to
Chafford Hundred railway stationand is connected to the M25 motorwaywhich is London's outermost ring road, as well as to the A13 roadwhich connects central and east Londonto Basildonand Southend-on-Sea. It is connected to the London Busnetwork by London Buses routes 370 and 372 with other operators such as Ensign Bus and First Essex also providing bus services to the centre.
To ensure the centre maintains its competition with the newer (and what is perceived by some as more 'upmarket') Bluewater shopping centre, which lies just over the
Thamesin Greenhithe, Lakeside has recently undergone major refurbishment at a cost of £30 million. This included new Italian porcelain flooring, new lighting, a new ceiling and new glass roofs which allow much more natural light into the shopping centre. There are now also new, faster elevators, and 4 more escalators along with automatic entrance doors. A non-smoking policy across the whole shopping centre was also introduced in January 2004. The refurbishment has also encouraged refitting of many shops so that they complement the new surroundings. In September 2005, Next opened an convert|18600|sqft|m2|-1|abbr=on. extension to their store.
The Lakeside Pavilion was an area adjoined to the main shopping centre via a covered bridge - this area had a 'market' feel to it, with various stalls selling novelty gifts, paintings and collector items adjacent to a small food court. By the beginning of 2006 this had been closed and partly removed for the construction of a new entertainment area named ‘The Boardwalk’.
Re-opened on Thursday June 14, 2007, The Boardwalk provides an additional convert|59000|sqft|m2|-2|abbr=on. of retail space for 10 new restaurants along with more retail and leisure space, as well as a 10 metre boardwalk, offering external seating which overlooks Alexandra Lake. The newly refurbished
Old Orleansbar and restaurant was open on the same day, with new features including a rooftop bar.
Vue cinema formed part of the old Lakeside Pavilion, with a 7 screen cinema. This closed on 11 January 2007 to be refurbished, and was re-opened on Friday June 15, 2007; the refurbishment resulted in 9 state of the art screens with
stadium seating, including a premium "Gold Class" screen housing luxury reclinable armchair-style seating, and a special screen that would show major sporting, music and gaming events as well as key films. This 'Evolution Screen', with a combination of giant bean bag chairs and sofas, is the first of its kind in the UK. [ [http://www.localnightsout.com/West_Thurrock/Vue_Cinema_-_Thurrock_961.asp Vue cinema Thurrock] ]
Apple opened [cite web| url=http://www.geekanoids.co.uk/2007/10/apple-store-lakeside-opening-fun-had-by.html| title=Geekanoids: Apple Store Lakeside Opening! Fun had by all!| accessdate=2008-05-10] its tenth UK store at Lakeside Shopping Centre. [cite web| url=http://www.apple.com/uk/retail/lakeside/week/20080504.html| title=Apple Store (United Kingdom) - Lakeside| accessdate=2008-05-10]
Marks & Spencer, one of the centre's 4 anchor stores, applied for planning permission in July 2008 to allow construction of a convert|23970|sqft|m2|-1|abbr=on third storey extension to their store, in addition to an extensive refurbishment of the store layout and customer facilities. A decision on the application is expected at the end of October 2008. [cite web| url=http://democracy.thurrock.gov.uk/CMISWebPublic/Binary.ashx?Document=11693| title=Marks & Spencer floorspace extension consultation| accessdate=2008-09-11]
There are also two
retail parks nearby called the Lakeside Retail Park and The Junction. Lakeside Retail Park has a number of stores such as:
Toys "R" Us
The Junction has shops such as:
American Golf Discount
Asda Livinga non-food Asdastore
Caffe Ritazzalocated inside Asda Living
In 1998, "Lakesiders" was a
BBC docusoapnarrated by Pauline Quirkefollowing the activities of management, shopkeepers and staff of the shopping centre. The fractious working relationship between Essex FM's breakfast show DJ Martin Day and his boss Paul Chantleralso featured. The theme music was by Simon May.A new series, "Return to Lakesiders", was filmed by the BBC in 2007 and was broadcast on BBC Two18-22 August 2008.
* [http://www.lakeside.uk.com Official site]
* [http://www.lakeside.uk.com/pages/storedirectory/retailpark.mhtml Full list of shops in the Retail Park]
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