Silver screen attraction confirmed for Silverburn

An artist's impression of the Silverburn extension.
An artist's impression of the Silverburn extension.

SILVERBURN shopping centre owner Hammerson has confirmed that the facility’s upcoming extension will include a 14-screen Cineworld cinema.

The Pollok centre received planning permission for its £20 million expansion in early 2013, and will begin work later this year.

The 10,700 square metre extension will include nine new restaurants, Gala Bingo and further retail units, with the eateries planned to open in autumn 2014.

The cinema — a 4,600 square metre development, — will follow in spring 2015.

Silverburn centre manager David Pierotti said: “The Cineworld complex will be a very welcome addition to Silverburn. The development will bring an exciting time and I’m sure will prove popular with current and new customers.”

The news sparked debate on The Extra’s social media sites, with mixed reactions to the coming attraction.

On Facebook, Helen Douglas commented: “Brilliant — makes a trip to the flicks much easier. The city centre is too busy.”

But Annemarie McGregor replied that she will not be attending, commenting: “I don’t drive and public transport to Silverburn from where we live in East Renfrewshire isn’t ideal.”

Concerns about parking and heavy traffic at the site were also raised, with Twitter follower @Sheriff-of-HK repsonding: “Did the planning committee look at the queues that already back out on to the M77 on Saturdays?”