BAD weather hasn’t deterred progress on Blackburn’s new multi-million cinema development.
Work is continuing to progress on the new Reel Cinema being built on the old Waves site despite prolonged periods of rain over the last month.
Bosses at Barnfield Construction say the steel frame of the building is now complete, while work continues to progress on forming the floors.
Weatherproofing of the roof will take place over the rest of the month. Construction of the new cinema in Nab Lane began in August.
Development of the site into the new Blackburn with Darwen Council-funded cinema complete with undercroft parking and two leisure units likely to be a coffee shop and bar/restaurant is expected to be completed by November.
The building will then be handed over to Reel to fit out the new cinema with a planned opening date of Easter 2020.
The £6.5million scheme is for a single storey eight-screen cinema incorporating a bar and food and drink units.
It will be complemented by a further £3.5million underground car park and a public realm outdoor space, better linking the Northgate/King George’s Hall/Blackburn College area of town.
Blackburn with Darwen Council bosses hope the project will play a fundamental part of the regeneration of the Northgate area, with Reel signing a long-term lease to operate there.
Once completed, the cinema will sit alongside two restaurants and bars, boasting their own external terraces, which will be available to let.
The new terraces will overlook a new public square which will link Blackburn College to the planned work at Blakey Moor and King Georges Hall as part of the Blakey Moor townscape heritage project.
Revamping The Baroque – formerly Gladstone’s and the Ribblesdale Hotel – was a key first stage in the project and tenants are now being sought for the location.
The scheme aims to turn the area around Blackburn College and King George’s Hall into a quarter of cafes, coffee houses and bars and public spaces.
Source: Lancashire Telegraph