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£18.5 million plans to revamp Cambridge’s Grafton shopping centre unveiled

Cambridge’s Grafton shopping centre is finally getting its promised multi-million pound makeover.

Plans to refurbish the centre, which opened in the 1980s, have been in the pipeline for several years, but stalled during the economic slump.

Now the centre’s owners, Legal & General Property, have unveiled details of an £18.5 million revamp, “to rejuvenate the centre and create a more inviting shopping and dining destination for Cambridge locals to enjoy.”

They say entrances will be improved, new shops will be added, and there will be “bright open spaces throughout.”

Among the news shops will be a branch of the Decathlon sports chain, based on two floors.

A spokeswoman for the centre told the News: “The Grafton will stay open for the duration of the refurbishment, which is planned in two phases. The first phase of the work is scheduled to begin this month, and will include the creation of a striking new double height glazed entrance on Fitzroy Street, providing more natural light, new double height shop fronts to some of the larger stores, as well as a newly glazed roof with feature lighting.

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