Kier has landed the first phase of the £85m redevelopment of the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne.  Work will start on site imminently on the £2m first phase to create a contemporary glass atrium at the shopping centre’s west entrance.

Kier is due to complete work by Christmas.

Work on the main part of the 170,000 sq ft extension is due to start next year.

The scheme will be arranged over three floors and contain an additional 22 retail units, seven restaurant units,  a multiscreen cinema and a significant extension to the car park.

Construction information specialist Glenigan said Kier, McLaren and Bowmer & Kirkland are in the running for the main contract.

Neil Crawford, Retail Development Manager at Legal & General Property, said:  “We are delighted to announce that Kier Construction will be carrying out the first phase of this very exciting regeneration project.”

Phil Durigan, Kier Construction Managing Director for the South, said: “We are especially pleased to have been appointed contractor for the first phase of the Arndale extension.

“With four offices in the south-east, Kier Construction has a real affinity with the region and considerable knowledge and experience of working with the local supply chain.”