This is the new multi-million pound cinema and leisure complex set to rejeuvante Doncaster town centre.
The Free Press can reveal artists’ impressions of the proposed development which will form the next stage of the town’s £300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter.
Civic and business leaders have hailed the announcement saying it will add a new dimension to the town, creating a vibrant evening economy.
The plans will see a six screen, 1,600 seat cinema and four restaurants built by the spring of 2016.
The complex will be built alongside the existing Cast theatre and will help to complete Sir Nigel Gresley Square, sitting opposite the authority’s Civic Offices.
Mayor Ros Jones announced the development and said that the scheme would help continue the ongoing regeneration of Doncaster town centre and the borough.
She said: “This shows that Doncaster is moving forward and keeping the momentum going by bringing more jobs into the town.
“We envisage that this will bring in more investment and companies and stimulate our economy even further.
“Doncaster is well and truly open for business.”
Although names of the cinema chain and restaurants involved in the project have not been revealed at this stage, it is understood they are all well known high street names.
Plans are due to be submitted in the coming weeks with work due to start next spring.
Scott Cardwell, assistant director for development at Doncaster Council, said: “The original vision for the CCQ was to create a cultural quarter and the cinema and restaurants will help deliver that and complete Sir Nigel Gresley Square.
“We have rallied against the recession where other towns have stalled. This will bring a new dimension to Doncaster town centre.”
Simon Dew, senior development surveyor at Muse Developments, the firm behind the scheme, added: “Muse is progressing plans at pace for this important leisure development in the CCQ.
“We’re in advanced discussions with an operator for the six screen cinema. We expect to be in a position to reveal the identity of this company and submit a planning application in the near future once contracts have been exchanged. We want to build on the success of the first phase by creating even more reasons for people to come into the town centre. In addition we will be delivering four restaurants to complement the cinema and Cast, creating a vibrant and exciting leisure quarter which will attract visitors throughout the day and into the evening.”
Dan Fell, deputy chief executive of Doncaster Chamber, said: “The next phase of the CCQ is yet another important landmark in the on going regeneration of Doncaster.
“Further investment in the town centre will help diversify Doncaster’s leisure offer and help to bring more visitors and shoppers to the town.”