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Transformation of market hall site includes cinema
Transformation: Artists impressions have been released showing how Bromsgrove's former market hall site could be transformed. Ref:s
DETAILS about the potential multi-million pound transformation of Bromsgrove’s former market hall site - including the building of a five-screen cinema - have been revealed.
A month ago the Advertiser reported the council had selected a preferred bidder for the 1.78 acre site between Hanover Street, St John Street, and Market Place.
It has been announced a detailed planning application is to be submitted in January featuring the cinema, as well as high quality retail and restaurant units.
There are also ambitious plans to redirect and open up the Spadesbourne Brook, which runs through the site, making a feature of it around the boundary.
Artists impressions have been released showing how the site could look. The images show George House replaced with a futuristic building above the retail units.
The council say discussions are advanced with the potential lead tenant, but deals with them and the other firms involved are being kept under wraps until everything is finalised.
Although the lead bidder’s name is yet to be revealed, the council has hinted at negotiations with a national food store.
Opus Land has been chosen to develop the site, which includes the George House building and St John Street car park that was extended over where the market hall once stood in 2010.
The council say the work to transform the site is expected to be completed by spring 2014.
Bromsgrove District Council leader Roger Hollingworth said: “This marks a massive step in the right direction of our plans to create a better Bromsgrove.
“While demolishing the market hall caused controversy, I hope everyone can now see the bigger picture.
“Not only will new retail and leisure development be a much needed facility in Bromsgrove, the rest of the district will benefit from this investment and the jobs it will create.”
Gareth Williams, development director of Opus Land, said: “This is a sensitive but excellent site in the town centre.
“We intend to develop a scheme that will enhance the retail and leisure offer by creating something of quality benefiting this historic market town.”