Land Securities has started work on the first phase of investment in Liverpool across two shopping centres in the city centre.

The£2 million refurbishment and extension of Clayton Square will be created by merging three stores. These have been made available by the relocation of Zavvi and Game stores and the departure of JD Sports. A 24,000 sq ft (2,230 sq m) JJB Sports superstore will take the new space.

The Clayton Square investment precedes a wider£100 million redevelopment of the nearby St John’s centre, also owned by Land Securities, which was approved in June.