Work on town cinema gets under way

March 01 2015

MAIN building work on the Yate Riverside scheme that will bring a long awaited cinema to the town is due to start this month.

Cineworld

MAIN building work on the Yate Riverside scheme that will bring a long awaited cinema to the town is due to start this month.
Clearance of the site off Link Road for the leisure development, which will feature a Cineworld six-screen cinema, began in February and involved contractors ISG removing trees and shrubbery.
The overflow car park next to the site is closing from about now until the end of September to accommodate the work.
But retailers in the neighbouring Yate Shopping Centre will have 100 parking spaces in the main car park for their staff, leaving the vast majority of spaces for shoppers.
Shopping centre manager Andy Lowrey said several months of preparatory work linked to the planning consent had been necessary before activity started.
He said: “We have also been working closely with South Gloucestershire Council officers and Natural England to minimise the impact on any wildlife and this process will be on-going throughout development.
“The centre management has been liaising with retailers to ensure there is total understanding about the complexities facing us during the construction programme.
“It really is a case of short term pain for long term gain and traders appreciate that once the development is finished, there will be exciting opportunities ahead.
“However, we also ask all shoppers to think as to whether they need to use their cars, can car share or make their trip on foot or cycle, or even public transport.”
New retail and restaurant units within the new scheme are due to be handed over to operators at the end of September for fitting out and opening scheduled for early December.
The cinema will be completed by December and is scheduled to open by Easter 2016.