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Crystal Peaks

Crystal Peaks is a shopping centre and retail park in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Established in 1988, the centre attracts around 11 million visitors a year.[2]

Crystal Peaks
Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre - geograph.org.uk - 260282.jpg
Main entrance
Location Sheffield, England
Coordinates 53°20′31″N 1°21′04″W / 53.342°N 1.351°W / 53.342; -1.351Coordinates: 53°20′31″N 1°21′04″W / 53.342°N 1.351°W / 53.342; -1.351
Opening date March 1988
Owner Britel Fund Trustees Ltd
Total retail floor area 635,000ft² (shopping centre) and 77,800ft² (retail park)[1]
No. of floors 2

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Shopping centre and retail parkEdit

Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall has approximately 600,000 sq ft (56,000 m2) of retail space with a range of High Street stores including, Next, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Boots, New Look, Marks and Spencer and Clarks (shoe retailer). The Centre also has an indoor market operated by Sheffield City Council, a medical centre, veterinary surgery and a range of other facilities and services.

The retail park is located within walking distance and hosts brands such as TK Maxx, Argos, Mothercare and Boots, as well as two catering units and a gym.

In recent years they have installed bee hives on the roof of the shopping centre to help combat the decline of the local bee population. Other environmental projects that the centre has taken part in include the installation of swift boxes on the building, bee-friendly planting, a nature reserve and the support of Beighton (local village) in the Britain in Bloom and Yorkshire in Bloom competitions. [3]

Crystal Peaks also has a dedicated 'charity of the year'. In 2010 the centre raised over £8,000 for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. The centre's adopted charity for 2011 was Macmillan Cancer Support.[citation needed]

Original appearanceEdit

When the centre was built in 1988 the internal areas included a waterfall, a river, clock tower elevator and a model railway. Sheffield's first ten screen cinema, a UCI, was also part of the complex, although this closed in 2003 due to competition from newer, larger cinemas.[4]

Since opening the centre has developed a great deal; a new mall was added to the West of the centre in 1998. Sainsbury's was relocated to the lower mall in 2006 and further extensions to the North Walk and East Mall were completed in early 2007.

Public transportEdit

Crystal Peaks
 
Crystal Peaks bus station, March 2015
Location Peaks Mount, Mosborough
Sheffield
United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°20′30″N 1°21′14″W / 53.3418°N 1.3540°W / 53.3418; -1.3540
Owned by Crystal Peaks shopping centre
Operated by Travel South Yorkshire
Bus stands 8 (bus)
2 (tram)
Bus operators
Construction
Parking Yes (free, in shopping centre)
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened 1988

Bus stationEdit

Crystal Peaks bus station is located off of Peaks Mount on the western side of the shopping centre, with a direct entrance into the shopping centre. Alongside the adjacent tram stop, Crystal Peaks bus station forms the main public transport hub for south-east Sheffield.

The main operators serving the bus station are First South Yorkshire and Stagecoach Yorkshire, who between them operate cross-city route 120; and TM Travel, who operate the branded Sheffield's Line 30 express route into the city centre. Additional services are provided by G&J Holmes.

Tram stopEdit

Crystal Peaks tram stop is located in Waterthorpe on the Sheffield Supertram system, and serves Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre and Retail Park, Drakehouse Retail Park, and Waterthorpe. It consists of two platforms.

Preceding station   Sheffield Supertram   Following station
Moss Way
towards Malin Bridge
  Blue Line   Beighton/Drake House Lane
towards Halfway

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Crystal Peaks Retail Park". Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Record number of shoppers pass through centre's doors". The Star. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bees create a buzz at Crystal Peaks". Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cinema at Crystal Peaks to close". The Star. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 

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