Capita’s partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council have had plans approved for a new cinema and leisure facility in Blackburn town centre.
The former Waves Leisure Centre is set to include two food and drink outlets, one with a licensed bar, as well as an eight-screen cinema which will be leased by Reel Cinema.
Capita’s partnership with the council are also developing a 100 space car park that intends to be free for film-goers once the cinema has been built and is also due to house the borough’s first electric charging points for vehicles – demonstrating the council’s commitment to a greener borough.
Through the new growth framework recently put into place between Capita and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, a new project team was procured with Capita providing project management, cost management, principal design, acoustic design, landscape design, fire consultant and client architectural advisor services. External consultants procured and managed by Capita for the project included Ellis Williams (architecture), Marston and Grundy (civil engineering) and Cundals (electrical and mechanical engineering).
The project has now gone out to tender on Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s newly established construction and development delivery framework, which has been set up in the partnership. Works are due to start in the summer with an opening date expected in December 2019.
Cllr Phil Riley, Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said:
“This new cinema development will draw residents into the town centre and will play a part in improving the town centre economy in Blackburn. This has been a huge priority for the Council and I’m delighted that over the past year it has gone from strength to strength including improvements in the night time economy. This will play a key role in the regeneration of the town centre and will boost economic growth in our borough.”
John Bryan, Capita’s Project Manager, said:
“The design has evolved over the last year with a focus on maximising the potential of this town centre site. By incorporating retail units and an under-croft car park into the eight screen cinema, the area will be will enhanced as a retail and leisure destination.
“In close consultation with heritage and planning specialists, the materials and colours used on the cinema elevations were chosen with the purpose of not detracting attention from the surrounding listed historic buildings. Great consideration has been put into designing this building to work as a new local facility that brings visitors into the town centre, as well as working visually in its historic surroundings.”