Retail and residential extension planned for Bridgend's Brackla

A£15 million scheme has been unveiled to incorporate high-rise accommodation above Bridgend's Brackla shopping centre in South Wales.

Hawkstone Properties, which acquired the 100,000 sq ft (9,290 sq m) centre last year, has submitted proposals to Bridgend County Borough Council for an additional 70,000 sq ft (6,505 sq m) of retail space over two levels, as well as 200 modern flats.

The design by Cardiff-based architect Wigley Fox includes provision for a department store. According to Hawkstone Properties managing director Andy Kirton, Brackla shopping centre attracts a high footfall, but is badly in need of improvement. 'The whole centre will be comprehensively upgraded,' said Kirton.

As part of the redevelopment, new floor finishes, lighting and ceilings are to be installed. Improvements to entrances and the facade are also being made.

Outline permission has been granted for an Asda superstore situated to the rear of the development.

Jackson Criss and Fletcher Morgan are the scheme's letting agents. Knight Frank is handling the scheme's residential element.