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Stockport Council has unveiled ‘The Light Cinemas Ltd’ as its operating partner for a brand new multiplex cinema at the Bridgefield development in Stockport Town Centre.

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The cinema will be the anchor tenant in the new 80,000 sqft leisure led development to be built on the site of the existing car park at Bridgefield Street. The development, designed by BDP, features not only a new cinema but food and drink outlets, hotel, shops and a new 250 space car park. VP produced a suite of 10 CGI’s for the consultation.

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Oldham is finally going to get a cinema as pioneering plans to transform the Old Town Hall are given the go-ahead.

The planning committee unanimously approved the ambitious £10m plans to convert the derelict Grade II listed building into an eight-screen 1,000 seater complex complete with high end restaurants and cafes.

Design company BDP were brought in by Oldham council to bring life back to the empty Victorian building after years of neglect, and Virtual Planit worked with architect Alan Davies to create these images.

It is hoped the town hall will reopen to the public by 2014 and councillors were told there has been considerable interest from potential tenants.

The development would ensure certain architectural features and decorations are retained while allowing the building to have a new use.

The existing ballroom, council chamber, committee rooms and court rooms will be kept and transformed into the cinema screens and a new extension and glass ‘light box’ facade on Clegg Street.

Architect Alan Davies told the meeting: “It’s not an easy building to bring back into use with lots of small rooms, corridors and different levels.

“To get to this stage a considerable number of issues were considered but this was the best solution for the building and the town as a whole.

“This will link the town hall back into the town centre while conserving the best of the town hall.

“The plans are widely supported by the public and this is an important milestone to bringing it back into use and securing its future in the long run.”

A number of ideas for the building have been put forward in the past but none have seen fruition until now.

Coun John Hudson said: “This is a very imaginative scheme that is long overdue. Our duty as a council to do everything we can to make it happen and think everyone in Oldham will welcome it.”

The building, which was built in 1841 with extensions in 1877 and 1917, has stood empty since the council moved out in 1978 and the court closed in 1995.

Work is expected to start on site next year.

Northwich Marina

Planning permission has been granted for a £20m redevelopment of Northwich Marina.

The scheme features a new Waitrose food store, 58 homes and a restaurant as well as a new marina providing up to 40 mooring berths. A new public realm scheme and waterside cafe complement this revitalised waterfront.

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Virtual Planit worked closely with Fairhursts to produce the CGI’s which supported the planning application.

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The development will be delivered by H20, a joint venture between British Waterways and Bloc. Landscape design was done by Planit IE.

Virtual Planit have produced these images for the forthcoming public consultation to be held in Chichester. The plans for a new retail park could create more than 400 jobs in the city.

The company behind the project to develop the land off Barnfield Drive, adjacent to Homebase, and Chichester Crematorium, are urging members of the public to have their say at the exhibition.

The plans, by the Brookhouse Group, will be on show next Thursday from 2pm-7pm and Friday from 1pm-6pm at St Pancras Parish Hall, at 101 St Pancras in Chichester.

It is the first time the project, which includes a green park area around the River Lavant, will be on show to residents. The company is hoping to attract ‘household’ names to the city, which at the moment cannot find premises big enough.

The site had formerly been earmarked as a potential park-and-ride venue for the city, but that idea was scrapped earlier this year.

Tom Whitehead of Brookhouse Group, which also owns the Homebase store next to the development area, said the company was keen to get feedback about its plans before a planning application was submitted.

“We are excited about the fantastic opportunity to deliver a refreshing new retail offer to Chichester that this site presents,” he said.

“We have created an innovative riverside park concept as the centrepiece for the proposed new retail units, which we believe will raise the bar for the standard of retail warehouse parks in the local area.

“We want to get feedback on our proposals and welcome people to come and take a look at the plans at this early stage.

“The plans will make good use of the former landfill site and will attract local shoppers to stay in the city, instead of venturing further afield and spending in other towns.

“A number of household name retailers want to come into Chichester, but cannot find suitable premises, and we believe this scheme will help meet this demand whilst supporting the city centre.

“We really want to get people’s comments on the proposals, after which we will work up an application.”

The company is hoping that if the development goes ahead, improvements will be made to the highways and to public transport links and there will also be a planting and landscaping plan put in place, and new footpaths and cycleways created.

http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/local/new_chichester_retail_park_plans_set_to_be_unveiled_1_3289805


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Teville Gate

Worthing Borough Council has given the go ahead for Hanson Capital Management’s £150m Worthing Gateway regeneration proposals.

The Worthing Gateway development is the first major town centre commercial scheme in the region for over 20 years.

Hanson Capital Management will go to the market to find a contractor later this year to meet the schedule to start construction in mid-2012.

Worthing’s landmark mixed-use development, designed by Russ Drage Architects, will include a nine-screen cinema complex, residential and retail facilities, including a new Conference and Exhibition Centre.

Worthing Gateway Summary

• A 9 screen multiplex Cinema (under offer to Vue)
• 260 new homes
• 88-bedroom high quality hotel
• Restaurants and coffee shops
• 50,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s supermarket
• Conference and Exhibition Centre
• Health and fitness centre
• Office suites/business space

Below ground car park of about 400 spaces and decked car parking of 560 spaces.

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John Desmond, Managing Director of Hanson Capital Management said: “This is great news for Worthing’s future prosperity.

“We have had very strong support from residents who want to get the project moving so that the long-term Teville Gate eyesore can be finally cleared away and a new start made on this key town centre site”

He added: “The supermarket and cinema are already under offer and discussions are progressing with occupiers for the Hotel and Conference and Exhibition Centre.

“Discussions are also taking place with national and regional restaurant groups”

Blue Sky Planning are planning consultants. HNG and Savills are joint letting agents.

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2011/09/26/go-ahead-for-150m-worthing-gateway/