Building work has started on the multi-million pound redevelopment of a leisure park which is expected to create jobs.
Contractors have moved on to Doncaster Leisure Park to extend the town’s Vue cinema to 11 screens and also create two new restaurants, which have been let to national chains Pizza Express and Nandos.
Those behind the project claim it will reinvigorate the leisure park near to The Dome and create one of the region’s premier leisure venues.
Geoff Moore, group property director for Vue, is pleased with the scheme.
He said: “Vue will deliver to the people of Doncaster the best cinema in the region in terms of technology, comfort and offer.”
A 6,000 sq ft extension to Vue will create an additional four screens to the existing seven.
A further 6,000 sq ft of restaurant space will be created.
The current screens and facilities will also be upgraded, according the the developers.
Mr Moore added: “We are continually looking to improve our offer and as part of the upgrade we will be introducing full stadium seating, further digital projection units, enhancing the 3D experience, increasing the number of VIP seats, along with improving the already full and varied food and beverage offer and improving the energy efficiency of the building services.”
The work is expected to take six months.
The expanded venue is scheduled to be open in time for Christmas.
It will be the latest in a series of major developments in and around the Dome.
Construction form David Wilson Homes is currently in the process of building a major housing development close to the site, called Serenity.
Property developers have also proposed building a family pub, a separate restaurant, two drive-through restaurants and a terrace of six cafes on derelict land between the Asda store and the Vue cinema at Lakeside, known locally as the Herten Triangle.
The plot has not been occupied since the leisure park was created in the 1980s.