St Andrew's Way boasts dozens of popular high street names
Thousands of shoppers have flocked to the opening of the final phase of the £170m redevelopment of Newcastle's Eldon Square shopping centre.
St Andrew's Way houses dozens of well-known high street names including Debenhams, Top Shop, Burton, Miss Selfridge and Schuh.
The grand opening was celebrated on Tuesday with a circus-style event featuring acrobats and stilt-walkers.
Eldon Square opened in 1976 and has been extended over the past five years.
The building has been created from 30,000 tonnes of broken-down concrete and brickwork and developed with a green roof.
The multi-million pound programme has been a joint partnership between Capital Shopping Centres PLC and Newcastle City Council.
Eldon Square Centre manager Tim Lamb said: "The new development has allowed us to offer modern, well-configured retail space to a range of exciting and high profile brands, not currently represented in the region."
The first phase, completed in 2006, provided an additional 22,000 sq ft (2,000 sq m) of new retail on Blackett Bridge mall for retailers including Carphone Warehouse, Quiz, and Holland and Barratt, and restaurants, Strada and Wagamama.
Work began on the new bus station in May 2005, replacing an existing facility which was underneath the centre. It opened in March 2007.
Phase two at St George's Way Mall, opened in February 2008, and created a link through the centre from the new bus interchange.
It also offered 14 new shops, including Argos, Boots and John Lewis.
Old Eldon Square was re-landscaped with new grass, flower beds, trees and shrubberies and completed in August 2008.