An exciting new cinema and five restaurant development is lined up for Doncaster's Civic and Cultural Quarter. Located next to Cast it will frame Sir Nigel Gresley Square and provide additional attractions to draw people into the Waterdale area. The plan is part of the overarching Urban Centre Masterplan which is rejuvenating Doncaster's town centre.
Doncaster Council’s cabinet (on 17 July 2018) agreed to finalise plans, complete procurement of the contractor and begin construction on the high quality development. The project, once complete will create more than 100 jobs and bring more than £530,000 of new business rates into the borough.
The cinema and restaurant development was originally ear-marked to be delivered by the private sector company Muse Developments. However, the scheme halted under the private sector and they were unable to complete the project.
The council have now stepped in and are investing more than £10 million of their Investment and Modernisation Fund to bring the project to fruition.
The council own the site and have development consent. They have been working with cinema operator, Savoy and have interest in the development from local, national and international restaurant providers.
The development is one of the final pieces of the jigsaw to redevelop the Cultural and Civic Quarter and fulfil the vision outlined in the Urban Centre Masterplan. The square has been transformed into a destination area in recent years, with the £20 million investment in the Civic Office, £22 million investment in the CAST performance venue, and the £14 million investment in the soon to be built Culture and Learning Centre.
It is planned for the new development to be open in late 2019.