Around 100 new town-centre jobs are set to be created, after developers finalised plans for a state-of-the-art six screen cinema at Doncaster’s Civic and Cultural Quarter. Doncaster Council announced today that their development partner Muse Developments has now agreed terms with Savoy Cinemas Ltd for the delivery of a 18,000 sq ft, 984-seat cinema, in addition to four high quality family restaurants totalling 17,000 sq ft.
A reserved matters planning application has been now been submitted, and follows on from outline planning consent being received in 2008 for the wider scheme which includes leisure, residential, civic buildings and public realm elements.
This comes as part of the £300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter regeneration scheme.
Doncaster Council and Muse Developments have worked closely to deliver the award-winning first phase of the scheme, which was completed in 2013.
This is comprised of a 157,000 sq ft civic office, ‘Cast’ – the new performance venue, new public square, housing and a refurbished 850-space multi-storey car park.
It is hoped that the bespoke-designed cinema will complement the successful Cast theatre and together with the new restaurants will provide a ‘vibrant leisure development for the third side of Sir Nigel Gresley Square’.
Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “This new cinema and restaurant complex will be a great addition to the Civic and Cultural Quarter which is revitalising a large part of the town centre. This new attraction will complement the world class developments built in the first phase and continue to bring the vibrancy back into Waterdale.
“The Civic and Cultural Quarter is one of a number of major regeneration schemes taking place across the borough which are delivering jobs and economic growth and with the National College for High Speed Rail to open in 2017, Doncaster is establishing itself as an attractive proposition for developers, investors and companies looking to locate in a town with significant scope for growth.”
Simon Dew, senior development surveyor at Muse Developments, said: “This is a great opportunity to attract an established cinema operator and quality family restaurants into Doncaster town centre. By building on the success of the leisure and public realm elements delivered in phase one, this further phase of development will create an attractive leisure destination, boosting footfall and bringing wider benefits to the whole town centre.”
James Collington, Managing Director of Savoy Cinemas, commented: “We’re delighted that the next stage of the Civic Quarter is now underway. Our state-of-the-art multiplex cinema will complement the Cast Theatre and proposed restaurants to make a great leisure destination. Being right in the town centre, with both parking and other transport links close by, will mean that this exciting development will be easily accessible to all.”
Subject to the necessary approvals, the development will start on site early next year and are expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
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