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Which are the largest shopping centres in the UK?

      This list has been compiled from The Shopping Centre and Retail Directory 1997
  Name Location size (ft²) catchment pop opened shops parking spaces notes
1 Merry Hill Dudley 1,800,000 3,800,000 1986 197 10,000 OOT
2 Esplanade Southampton 1,680,000         OOT prop
3 Bluewater Greenhithe 1,650,000 4,800,000 1999 250 13,000 OOT
4 MetroCentre Gateshead 1,560,000 3,000,000 1986 350 12,000 OOT
5 Lakeside Thurrock 1,320,000 11,200,000 1990 320 12,000 OOT
6 Broadway Bracknell 1,300,000       8,100 prop
7 Arndale Centre Manchester 1,300,000 250,000 1975 200 1,450  
8 CMK Shopping Centre Milton Keynes 1,250,000 8,000,000 1979 170 12,000  
9 Trafford Centre Manchester 1,250,000 3,000,000 1998 280 10,000 OOT
10 Meadowhall Sheffield 1,200,000 12,000,000 1990 271 12,000 OOT
11 BullRing (new) Birmingham 1,200,000 7,200,000     3,000 prop
12 Martineau Galleries Birmingham 1,000,000     82 3,000 prop
13 Braehead Park Glasgow 1,000,000   1998 92 6,500 OOT
14 Bull Ring Birmingham 995,000 3,500,000 1964 110   possibly a mistake 
15 Whitgift Croydon 950,000 1,800,000 1969 150 2,400  
16 Eldon Square Newcastle 930,000 1,000,000 1976 145 1,250  
17 Brent Cross London (NW) 840,000 2,500,000 1976 109 7,000 OOT
18 Telford Centre Telford 830,000 750,000 1973 120 3,200  
19 Glasdons Blackpool 818,000       435 prop
20 Victoria Centre Nottingham 807,000 1,800,000 1972 105 1,650  
21 Elephant & Castle London 750,000   1965 65 250  
22 Arndale Centre Luton 750,000 250,000 1972 124 2,300  
23 Clydebank Glasgow 728,000   1978 107 2,000  
24 Cribbs Causeway Bristol 725,000 3,900,000 1998 140 7,000 OOT
25 The Oracle Reading 720,000   1999 100 2,400  
26 Harlequin Watford 703,000 2,250,000 1992 160    
27 Jubilee Place Bracknell 700,000         prop
28 Kingfisher Centre Redditch 657,000   1973 200 3,000  
29 Basildon Town Centre Basildon 650,000     172    
30 White Rose Leeds 650,000 1,300,000 1997 83 4,800 OOT
31 Queensgate Peterborough 650,000 650,000 1982 110 2,400  
32 Cwmbran Shopping Centre Cwmbran 650,000 250,000 1960 174 3,000  
33 St. Enoch Centre Glasgow 647,000 2,250,000 1989 86 1,500  
34 Harbour Exchange Belfast 615,000         OOT prop
35 Eastgate Basildon 612,947 1,000,000 1980 98 2,500  
36 Buchanan Galleries Glasgow 600,000   1999 80 2,000  
37 Bentall Centre Kingston upon Thames 600,000 770,000 1992 100 1,200  
38 Galleries Washington 550,000   1973 200 3,000  
39 Middleton Grange Hartlepool 550,000 700,000 1961 110 2,100  
40 Brunel Centre Swindon 550,000 250,000 1975 101 1,300  
41 The Walks Basingstoke 550,000 182,000 1962 120 2,000  
42 Donegal Arcade Belfast 538,000 500,000 1989      
43 Almondvale Centre Livingston 520,000 300,000 1976 115 3,000  
44 Freshney Place Grimsby 500,000   1988 100    
45 Mander Centre Wolverhampton 500,000
1967
120 550  
46 The Shires Leicester 500,000 870,000 1991 75 920  
47 Corby Town Centre Corby 500,000 200,000 1953 120    
48 Halton Lea Runcorn 500,000 130,000 1971 100 1,000  
? Broadmead Bristol       350   no size given
      Centres in red with OOT are out of town
      Centres with prop are proposed

      The above information is as printed in the directory. Information on shopping centre's sites will not necessarily agree with what is here. As the directory's information is not in this format and had to be converted, copyright is claimed on this table. However, the source data is © William Reed Directories, 1997.

© A.Boodoo, 16-Oct-99, r2.3