Daventry Town Centre Vision Site 1: Cinema development
The Council is working with design and build contractors Willmot Dixon and architects Marchini Curran Associates on plans to build a new four-screen cinema, restaurants and a public square with splash fountains in Daventry town centre.
The development, which secured planning permission in February 2019, will be built on the current site of Daventry Library. The Council is in the process of shortlisting cinema operators with a view to appointing a preferred operator shortly.
The library is due to move to modern new premises within the nearby Abbey building in St John’s Square in April 2019 and demolition of the old library is expected to start in May, with work on the foundations and new cinema’s structure to follow later in the summer.
In May 2018 the Council approved a budget of £8.2 million to fund the development of the site north of Daventry High Street, known as Town Centre Vision Site 1 which will include a new cinema, bars and restaurants.
The Council decided to build the cinema itself and not to extend its development agreement for the site with Henry Boot Developments Ltd (HBDL), which has been unable to bring forward the larger Mulberry Place shopping centre and cinema development due to the scheme’s financial viability.
Residents, businesses and community groups were asked their views on the proposal during a consultation which ran from 15-28 October.
This was carried out by means of a survey available online and at the Council offices. Three drop-in consultation events were also held at Daventry Library.
Download the cinema proposal consultation document
Find out about other regeneration schemes:
Abbey Retail Park
iCon Innovation Centre
Improving community facilities