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 Council and its building contractors Willmott Dixon are now working with The Arc Cinema to ensure the cinema design and specification reflects the operator’s proposals to provide Daventry residents and visitors of all ages with a high-quality and personal screening experience.

Arc Cinema runs an established chain of cinemas in Ireland and is coming to Daventry as part of its UK expansion programme. It was selected for the lease by Daventry District Council due to its successful track record of providing a high-quality and friendly cinema experience that can be tailored to local communities.

Demolition of the former library buildings to prepare the site took place earlier this year and was followed by archaeological digs in the summer.

Work on preparing the foundations for the new cinema will start in October.

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