Retail developer Intu has been given the green light for a £100m scheme to redevelop Watford’s town centre.
The group was granted planning permission for the scheme, which will join two shopping centres together to create a 1.4m sq ft leisure complex, including retail space, a cinema and a restaurant hub.
Intu said up to 630 temporary construction jobs would be supported during the construction phase by refurbishing and integrating the Intu Watford and Charter Place shopping centres.
Construction is expected to start during 2015, following a land assembly process, and is scheduled to open in 2017.
Major construction schemes to have started in Watford in recent years include the £240m Watford Health Campus. The 375,000 sq ft mixed-use development being built by Kier includes almost 700 new homes and a new hospital.
Senior asset manager for the scheme Charlie Griffiths said: “The £100m investment across both shopping centres in Watford will completely transform the town’s position in the UK retail rankings, placing it firmly in the top 20.
“The redevelopment will create the very best destination in north London to shop for high-quality brands and spend leisure time. Our plan is to bring more customers, from further, for longer.”