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Cinema development set to take shape

Written by on March 4, 2020

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Article Published on Wednesday March 4, 2020 11:13 AM by

- Daventry News -
Cinema development set to take shape

Daventry News -

Daventry’s new cinema will start to take shape in the coming weeks as work to build its steel frame structure gets underway.

The work is being carried out by construction firm Willmott Dixon, which was appointed by Daventry District Council (DDC) to build the new Mulberry Place development on the former library site off North Street, Daventry.

The £12.5m transformation of the site will create a four-screen cinema complex with restaurants and a public square, creating a new leisure destination for residents and boosting the town’s economy.

Installation of the piled foundations for the development began in October following archaeological digs and completion of work to prepare the site.

The cinema building is expected to be handed over to operators Arc Cinema by November this year, so that they and Willmott Dixon can complete their work in parallel in time to open to the public in Easter 2021.

Councillor David James, DDC’s Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder, joined the Council’s Chief Executive Ian Vincent in signing part of the steel frame this week.

Councillor James said: “It’s wonderful to see the progress being made on this flagship development to provide a fantastic new leisure facility for the people of Daventry District and beyond.

“This is a significant stage in the construction of the Mulberry Place development, and I’m excited for people to see it really start to take shape over the coming weeks, as we work towards what is sure to be a grand opening next spring.”

As well as the new leisure development, the community is also benefitting from the construction project itself, with Willmott Dixon committed to working with local schools and colleges on community projects, as well as sourcing local spend and labour wherever possible.

As part of this a group from Daventry Hill School will visit the construction site next week to understand more about the steel structure and the careers available to them in the construction industry.

Michelle Cotterill, operations director for Willmott Dixon, said: “It’s always great when our projects start to take shape and local communities can begin to physically see the transformation that is taking place.

“Over the duration of the Mulberry Place scheme, we have committed to investing in the local community. One example of this is our work with Daventry Hill School where we are running our award-winning enrichment programme with thirty students. The programme is a five-week course aimed at developing their personal and professional skills, including communication, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership.”

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