Drake Circus Leisure moves closer to start
Published:  10 November, 2015

Deal to relocate coach station clears way for start on site for £40m extension

British Land is closer to kicking off construction of Plymouth’s £40 million Drake Circus Leisure scheme as the company serves notice on Plymouth City Council to vacate Bretonside Coach Station. Under the development agreement with the council, British Land will commit £2m to the construction of the city’s new coach station on Mayflower Street.

Earlier this year planning permission was granted by Plymouth City Council for the 100,000-sq ft scheme, located next to Drake Circus shopping centre. Last month British Land exchanged contracts with Cineworld to anchor the development. The new cinema will incorporate state-of-the-art audio and visual technology, and will have 12 screens ranging in size from a 63-seat studio to a giant 450-seat IMAX auditorium. British Land has received strong demand from a number of restaurant operators for the 14 restaurants proposed, many of which currently have no presence in Plymouth.

Construction work is expected to start in summer 2016 and the scheme is due to open mid-2018. This development is part of British Land’s focus on growing the leisure provision across the retail portfolio reflecting changes in the way people shop today.

David Pollock, retail development director for British Land, said: “Once complete, Drake Circus Leisure will be the most significant leisure scheme in the South West and we are delighted to be one step closer to delivering the project. The recent letting to Cineworld and interest from restaurant operators has allowed us to accelerate our plans, and we are excited to be working with the council to enhance the city centre.”

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