St James Centre demolition locked in for May

St James Centre's days are numbered. File picture: Scott Louden

St James Centre's days are numbered. File picture: Scott Louden

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DEVELOPERS behind the £850 million revamp of the St James Centre will begin demolishing the shopping mall in May.

The new St James Quarter was given the go-ahead last July, with the controversial “ribbon” hotel at its centre granted permission the following month.

The 'ribbon' hotel was approved last August. Picture: supplied

The 'ribbon' hotel was approved last August. Picture: supplied

Swirling up and over the surrounding rooftops, the 12-storey luxury hotel will boast publicly-accessible viewing platforms offering panoramic views of the city – with a hotel operator expected to be announced by the end of the year.

Demolition is expected to take 18 months before work begins on a new shopping complex, cinema and restaurants.

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