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 former site of Daventry Library, which moved to modern new premises within the nearby Abbey building in St John’s Square in May 2019. The Council is in the process of shortlisting cinema operators with a view to appointing a preferred operator shortly.
June 2019 update
Work is underway to demolish the former library buildings to prepare the site, with archaeological digs due to start later this summer and work on the cinema foundations beginning in autumn.
People living and working near the site can find out more about the development and speak to contractors at a drop-in session on Wednesday, 19 June from 11am to 7pm at 69 High Street (the former Edison Electrical shop).
Meanwhile the Council is on course to agree a lease to its preferred cinema operator for the Mulberry Place development within the next couple of months. Due to sensitivities surrounding the commercial discussions, the name of the operator cannot be announced at this present time but will be in due course.
The Mulberry Place cinema development is subject to a realistic yet challenging timescale for the Council to complete the new cinema and restaurants by early 2021.
You can view the site plan for the project below (please click on the image to download the plan in pdf format).