Leader of Plymouth City Council, Ian Bowyer toured the £53 million Drake Circus Leisure Development to look at the first phase of structural steel work in place.
The new leisure scheme is set to transform the former coach station site in the city and become a key gateway entrance to Plymouth City centre.
Construction work started in November 2017 and is being carried out by McLaren.
The development, which is set to open in Autumn 2019, will be 100,000 sq.ft and comprise a 12 screen Cineworld cinema, 15 restaurants and bars, including a Sky bar above the cinema to capture stunning views of the city and its coastline and 420 car park spaces. This will create a new destination for dining and entertainment in Plymouth for both locals and visitors to enjoy. It will complement British Land’s Drake Circus centre which includes shops from Apple, Superdry, M&S and Primark.
The new cinema will incorporate state of the art audio and visual technology with screens ranging in size from an 80 seat to a giant 450 seat IMAX auditoria.
David Pollock, Development Director for British Land, said: “This is a great moment to celebrate the on-going transformation of this pivotal part of the city centre. Our shopping centre introduced a number of brands to Plymouth and we look forward to replicating this success with exciting restaurants and bars. Plymouth City Council continue to be a proactive partner and we look forward to continuing to work with them during the delivery phase.”
Leader of the Council Councillor Ian Bowyer added: “We’ve all been watching with huge interest the progress of this scheme right here in the heart of Plymouth. It’s going to transform this part of the city centre, create a modern and welcoming approach as well as a great destination for people to watch a film, eat and enjoy everything Plymouth has to offer.
“The contractors have been working incredibly hard to get this site to the stage where the steel structure can now begin to take shape. I’d also like to thank the bus companies for working with us to help keep passengers coming in and for the businesses around the site and beyond for being patient while this project gets built.”
The scheme will create 350 permanent jobs, a large number of temporary construction jobs and will be a great benefit to the city’s night time economy.
To find out more about Drake Circus Leisure, please visit the website: www.drakecircusleisure.com.