Dumbbell shopping centre Intu Lakeside flexes its muscles

Lakeside in Thurrock is to get a hotel, new shops and 225,000 sq ft of leisure activity

For the last quarter of a century, Intu Lakeside has been held up as the best example of a dumbbell shopping centre: that is, House of Fraser at one end and Debenhams at the other, separated by two levels of smaller shops.

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