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 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.

Summer 2019 update

Work is underway to demolish the former library buildings to prepare the site, with archaeological digs taking place in the summer and work on the cinema foundations beginning in autumn. 

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).

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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