Changes are afoot for Doncaster’s Civic and Cultural Quarter as plans are being finalised to start building a new cinema and five restaurant development.
This week (17 July) Doncaster Council’s cabinet have agreed to finalise plans, complete procurement of the contractor and begin construction on the high quality development. The project, once complete will create more than 100 jobs and bring more than £530,000 of new business rates into the borough.
The cinema and restaurant development was originally ear-marked to be delivered by the private sector company Muse Developments. However, the scheme halted under the private sector and they were unable to complete the project. The council have now stepped in and are investing more than £10 million of their Investment and Modernisation Fund to bring the project to fruition.
The council own the site and have development consent. They have been working with cinema operator, Savoy and have interest in the development from local, national and international restaurant providers.
The development is one of the final pieces of the jigsaw to redevelop the Cultural and Civic Quarter and fulfil the vision outlined in the Urban Centre Masterplan. The square has been transformed into a destination area in recent years, with the £20 million investment in the Civic Office, £22 million investment in the CAST performance venue, and the £14 million investment in the soon to be built Culture and Learning Centre.
Cllr Bill Mordue, Cabinet Member for Business, Skill and Economic Development, said:
“We are delighted that once again we have been able to bring a development project to fruition, after it had stalled under the private sector. This shows that we are using innovative and creative ways to drive forwards Doncaster’s regeneration.
“The cinema and restaurant development is something that all residents have been waiting for, for a long time and it is great that we are in a position to now deliver it. Once this development is complete it will enhance the offer of the Civic and Cultural Quarter and bring even more visitors to Doncaster.”
Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis said "Mayor Ros Jones and her Cabinet have set out an ambitious but deliverable masterplan to ensure that Doncaster town centre is a vibrant place where more people live, work and visit. Not only will it revitalise our public spaces and help to sustain local shops, but it will also secure the town's role as a key economic driver, creating jobs which are accessible to people across the borough and the wider region.”
It is planned for the new development to be open in late 2019.