The multi-million pound expansion of Ashford Designer Outlet officially opened today.
Following two years of construction work, shopping centre bosses cut the ribbon on the £90 million extension at 10am.
Despite a canopy above the new Garden of England themed playground – equipment was closed off during summer months due to “extreme weather conditions”.
Work on the adjacent Newtown Road junction – carried out to improve access to the outlet’s extension – saw months of closures, with the freshly resurfaced and signalled section being reopened in July.
A major visual aspect of the expansion is a 2,300 sq metre living wall, which will comprise of more than 120,000 plants. It covers the length of 60 double-decker buses and is currently the largest installation in Europe.
Construction had to be briefly halted in July after six illegal workers were detained at the centre, who’d been part of the extension’s building force.
The month of October saw the biggest change to the centre, when seven new stores – including Dr. Martens, UGG, Dune, Joules and Karl Lagerfeld – threw open their doors on the same day.