If you’ve been down to the site recently you’ll have seen how the development is rapidly advancing. A lot of the ground work has been carried out, old buildings demolished and cleared, the security fencing is up and we can expect building to start appearing on the new, lower, horizon any day.
But what will it look like? This is the artists impression released by developers Kier.
In a press release accompanying the image, the developers say:
Lingfield (Catterick) Ltd, the joint venture set up between Kier Property and Lingfield Securities in order to deliver the £25m new town centre for Catterick Garrison, has revealed the first glimpse of the cinema that will form the focal point of the scheme.
A glimpse of how the new Empire Cinema in Catterick Garrison’s new town centre will look Empire Cinemas will operate a state-of-the-art, seven-screen cinema on the site, which will bring a new era of entertainment for residents of Catterick and the surrounding area. The new cinema will lie at the heart of the larger retail and leisure development being built by Kier and Lingfield.
Contracts have already been exchanged on more than 80% of the retail space available to several well-known high street brands, including Next and Sports Direct, as well as popular food and drink operators including Pizza Express, Starbucks, Prezzo and Greene King. Tenant agreements for the remaining retail space are currently going through final legal proceedings.
In May 2014 the joint venture’s construction partner, Kier Construction, started work on the site, which is situated just a few miles from the A1 and at the heart of the town.
Mark Robinson, associate director for Kier Property, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Empire Cinemas on this exciting retail and leisure development in Catterick, which will bring a new era of entertainment, shopping and leisure facilities to the town and act as a hub for the community.
“This is a major development, which will create jobs and bring money into the local economy when it officially opens in summer 2015.”
Justin Ribbons, CEO of Empire Cinemas, added: “We’re thrilled to be a part of this redevelopment and to be the ones to bring a cinema to the residents of Catterick. Its opening will create jobs for local people and we also hope it will boost the local economy. We believe everyone should be able to enjoy film on the big screen, so we’re thrilled that Empire Cinemas is to make this possible.”
Read more about the background to the development here.