Work on target at Yate Riverside as builders make good progress

April 27 2015

A LANDMARK stage in the building of the Yate Riverside project is on track to be reached by the summer.

A LANDMARK stage in the building of the Yate Riverside project is on track to be reached by the summer.
Good weather has allowed work to progress according to plan on the scheme on Link Road, which will be anchored by a new cinema.
Yate Shopping Centre manager, Andy Lowrey, said: “We are very fortunate that the weather has been in our favour.
“Over the next few months the skeleton of the built development will start to take shape with ‘topping out’ expected to take place in mid-July.”
The scheme involves creating new shops and restaurants, along with the long hoped-for cinema, as an extension to the shopping centre.
Mr Lowrey said: “It is anticipated the retail and restaurant units will be handed over to the end users for fitting out by mid-September, with opening scheduled for December and the cinema by next Easter.”
The most recent work involved laying the foundations, comprising some 2,500 cubic metres of concrete, ahead of erecting the steelwork.
By the time the scheme is ready for topping out – the stage when a building reaches its highest point – more than 500 tonnes of steel will have been put in place.
The Cineworld six-screen cinema will be supported by two restaurant chains – Prezzo and US-themed Dean’s Diner – while fashion chain Next will take one of three retail units.
Mr Lowrey said it was hoped to make further announcements about other operators soon.
He said: “It is fair to say that there is overwhelming demand for space in Yate.
“We will also shortly be starting work on plans to accommodate new tenants in the main shopping centre.”
An update on works has been circulated to neighbouring households recently through a newsletter produced by contractors ISG. Copies are also on noticeboards in the shopping centre.