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Work to restart on £50m Beeston Square development


Work to restart on £50m Beeston Square development

Construction & Build

Work is set to restart on Beeston's multi-million pound entertainment complex with new measures to protect employees and maintain social distancing in place.

The Beeston Square development - which broke ground back in November last year - includes an eight screen Arc cinema, 132 homes and space for a number of restaurants and bars.

The scheme forms the second phase of a £50million development which involved the refurbishment of the shopping precinct, public transport connecting the town to the NET tram network, more retailers, cafes and a gym.

It was hoped the project, between Styring Street, Middle Street and Station Street, would be open by Christmas this year but the development was already behind schedule as it entered 2020.

Work will recommence at the site the week beginning April 27.

Bowmer + Kirkland contracts manager, Mike Atkinson, said: “We have been and continue to assess all our construction sites on an individual basis, to ascertain that conditions are suitable and safe for our staff and sub-contractors to continue working.

"Our Health and Safety department has been working hard to ensure measures are in place with strict adherence to government, Public Health England and Construction Leadership Council guidelines.

"After a thorough evaluation process and, ensuring we stick to the strong guidelines we have in place, most of our construction sites are open and working.

"At all times the safety of our staff and those working for us is paramount.

"We are ensuring that all PHE and CLC guidelines are followed.”

It is hoped the complex, when completed, will be a catalyst for further development of Beeston Town Centre and the wider area, with a particular focus on the lucrative night-time economy market.

Deputy Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Councillor Steve Carr added: “The Government is encouraging all construction activity to continue wherever possible without compromising social distancing and we’ve been working with Bowmer + Kirkland to assess what measures can be introduced to enable work on this exciting development to continue.

"The construction programme will be regularly reviewed as we reach each new stage to ensure that the safety of site workers is maintained."

Brian Gilligan, of The Arc Cinema, said: “We’re delighted to hear that building work can continue with all of the appropriate safety measures in place to protect everyone. The Arc Cinema team is working hard (from home) on our exciting plans for Beeston.

"We all need something to look forward to in these difficult times, and we’re very much looking forward to the happy day when we can welcome customers to The Arc Cinema.”

Written by Ben Reid - Nottingham Post