The 16th October 2008 marks the official
opening of the new phase of Livingston shopping centre and with the
new phase brings the new name of "The Centre". Livingstoni
was the first website/newspaper to report on the Almondvale
transformation back on the 27 th July 2004. See
here for original article. The new phase of the "The
Centre" known as "The Elements" throughout the
Development and construction stage, has been constructed in 6
separate buildings brought together with one massive transparent ETFE
roof, to create one unique shopping experience. The new extension
which hosts 35 new store restaurants and bars to seamlessly connects
to the extension shopping centre cost £150million to construct.
The new phase in the
transformation has brought 35,000 sqm extra retails space to the
shopping centre, bringing the total to over 90,000 sqm. Stores which
have opened on the opening day of the centre include the 2 main
anchor stores, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer. The completion of
the new shopping centre brings the total retail space in Livingston
to a massive nearly 1 million sqr foot of retail space and with 155 stores under
one roof making it one
of the largest shopping centres in Scotland. Other tops names that
have already settled within the new centre or are due so within the
coming months include H&M, River Island, Topman/Topshop, Jane
Norman, Republic, Warehouse, next and Swarokski. The Centre is
split into 5 different section:
elements square The
newest part of the shopping centre which opened 16th
Oct 2008. This hosts the 2 main department stores, Debenhams and
marks and Spencer's. As well as many other modern designer stores
such as H&M, River Island and Jane Norman. Plus many more.
almondvale walk This
is the oldest part of the shopping centre which was constructed in
the 1970's. But has been refurbished to co-inside with The Elements
Square opening. This area has more smaller retailers such as Sony,
Panasonic, Klick, Greggs and Poundland. Plus many more.
almondvale place This
is one of the newer parts within the shopping centre being
constructed in the 90's which is a very well light stretch of stores
such as Woolworth's, Boots, Bhs and Game. Plus many more.
the avenue The
area between the Livingston Designer Outlet and the Elements square
has many restaurants and pubs such as Chiquito's, Ask and Nandos.
Plus many more.
winter gardens The
winter gardens is a relaxing area which is located above the elements
square. The area offers many eating places and cafés to watch
the world go by.
Centre" is the first shopping
centre in the UK to receive a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating. The
Centre is highly insulated and constructed from low environmental
impact materials with a long design life such as terracotta, stone and
zinc. The public spaces are ventilated by an energy efficient air
displacement system with natural air and smoke extract. Other environmentally friendly features include rainwater harvesting for
flushing toilets and solar panels for preheating hot water.
Taking in and around the development
from start to finish. Click
the Square bottom left for Full-Screen.
section within Livingstoni with
Pictures of the Almondvale Click
The very first newsletter
issued telling public about
the new centre Click
Here Plan of confirmed
retailers from early on in construction
details page, 4 weeks before
opening of the center Click