Dover town centre is in the process of being transformed as work on the new St James’s development takes place. The development will create 11,150m2 (120,000ft2) of retail and leisure space, a 6-screen Cineworld cinema and 108-bed Travelodge, alongside creating 500 new jobs.
Throughout the summer demolition works took place, including knocking down a multi-storey car park and the County Hotel. Burlington House is now in the process of being carefully demolished floor by floor, in order to make the building safe and to remove asbestos.
The demolition company aims to recycle 97% of all materials from site. The estimated 26,000 tonnes of reclaimed concrete will be used to form the foundation of the £120m Dover Western Docks Revival. In the meantime it is being stored at the former Hoverport site.
In terms of occupiers, the three restaurant units adjacent to Cineworld are now fully let and legal agreements on a further six retail units are in the process of being agreed. Next, M&S, Bella Italia and Frankie and Benny’s are among those already signed up.
An announcement on the winning tender for the construction phase is imminent and it is anticipated that preconstruction works will start before the end of 2015. Construction of the main scheme will start early in the new year, with the centre estimated to open around April 2017.
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