Mulberry Place leisure and retail development (Site 1)

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Daventry Town Centre Vision Site 1: Cinema development

The Council is working with Willmott Dixon, Marchini Curran Associates and The Arc Cinema on the development of a new four-screen cinema complex, restaurants and a public square with splash fountains in Daventry town centre.

The Mulberry Place development will be built on the former site of Daventry Library, which has moved to modern new premises within the nearby Abbey building in St John’s Square. 

The cinema will be operated by The Arc Cinema and will offer luxury electric recliner seating, cutting-edge screening technology and all the latest blockbusters when it opens its doors in spring 2021.

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The construction of Daventry’s new cinema is now under way as contractors start installing the foundations for the Mulberry Place development.

Daventry District Council (DDC) has appointed construction firm Willmott Dixon to carry out the £12.5m transformation of the former library site off North Street, Daventry, into a new four-screen cinema complex, with restaurants, public square and splash fountains.

Following the demolition of the former library buildings and archaeological digs this summer, work has now started on installing the piled foundations for the new cinema building, which will enable the steel frame structure to go up early next year.

The development is expected to take around 18 months to complete, with the cinema set to open its doors in spring 2021. DDC appointed Willmott Dixon as contractors using the Scape National Construction Framework, which specialises in procuring the most efficient suppliers for the public sector.

DDC and Willmott Dixon have already worked together as part of the framework to deliver the Rainsbrook Crematorium and Monksmoor Primary School developments.

The Council has also reached a deal with The Arc Cinema to run the cinema complex and is now working towards signing up tenants for the two restaurants that form part of the development. Arc will be instructing their own contractor to undertake the specialist fit out works associated with the Cinema building, and they will commence those activities toward the end of 2020, overlapping with Willmott Dixon’s finishing works externally.

You can view the site plan for the project below (please click on the image to download the plan in pdf format).

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Project background

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