Doncaster town centre cinema planned under £10 million development

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A multimillion scheme has been drawn up to develop a cinema, hotel and gym at a high profile Doncaster town centre spot.

The £10 million plans would see an eight screen multiplex developed at the Frenchgate Centre, a 56 room hotel and a 20,000 square foot gym.

It could mean there would be two cinemas in the town centre, as Doncaster Council announced plans to develop one in the Waterdale area earlier this year.

Planning applications for all three schemes have now been submitted to Doncaster Council.

The cinema application would see a new eight-screen multiplex cinema with 1,100 seats brought into the venue.

As part of the cinema application four new restaurant units are also being proposed, providing units between 3,500 square feet (to 4,300 square feet in addition to the centre’s existing food court area.

Bosses at the site say the new cinema’s location would have access directly from both the shops in the shopping centre as well as from the mult-storey car park above.

The centre is above Doncaster’s national and local rail and bus interchange and is owned and managed by The Frenchgate Limited Partnership.

The hotel application centres on a five story office block above the centgre, which is currently used as officers.

The hotel will provide 56 en-suite rooms to the upper four floors, with conferencing, bar and reception facilities beneath. The hotel will benefit from the existing 1,200 parking spaces at the shopping centre.

A second application filed by the owners would see a new hotel which would provide 56 en-suite rooms to the upper four floors, with conferencing, bar and reception facilities beneath. It would also have access to the existing 1,200 parking spaces at the shopping centre.

Bosses say the development is likely to target hotels who do not have representation in the area.

A third planning application has been filed for a 20,000 square foot gym which will be accessed from St Sepulchre Gate as well as direct access from the roof top car park.

The Frenchgate Partnership has been working closely with gym operator Lifestyle Fitness, agreeing terms to open at the centre.

Lifestyle Fitness runs 65 gyms across the UK and bosses say it will be the first in-centre professional gym in the town.

Paul Devlin, asset manager at the Frenchgate Limited Partnership. said: “Frenchgate has made significant progress with its plans during 2014, notably attracting a raft of new and exciting tenants such as Schuh, Pandora, Hungry Horse and Lifestyle Fitness gym.

“We’ve also worked closely with key retailers to move them to improved locations around the scheme, such as New Look and Timberland.

“We intend to build strongly on this success - and these three new leisure applications will allow us to respond to strong demand from the growing regional, local and student population. Our ambition is to provide a complete shopping and leisure destination for the area, coupled with unrivalled accessibility and customer experience – and this week’s news is a major step towards delivering this.”