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Altitude UK has purchased the ABC cinema site in Tunbridge Wells

ABC cinema site in Tunbridge Wells

ABC cinema site in Tunbridge Wells

It has been confirmed that Altitude UK, a privately owned real estate company, has purchased the ABC cinema site in Tunbridge Wells, which sits 100m from the railway station.  The real estate company hopes to bring forward a major mixed use development that will re-connect the town centre.

Earlier this year a deal with The Carlyle Group, which bought the site in 2001, collapsed. The company had worked on turning the site into a new hotel-led leisure and retail scheme but was left disappointed after the hotel chain pulled out.


The site has remained derelict since the closure of the ABC Cinema in 2001 and planning permission was granted for a 250,000 sq.ft mixed use development consisting of retail, restaurants, offices, hotel and parking back in 2009. However this consent was never implemented and has since lapsed, with the former buildings eventually being demolished in 2014.

There is significant interest from both the local public and council that the site be finally redeveloped.

Nigel Robson, director of Altitude Real Estate, said: "Tunbridge Wells is an attractive town with an affluent catchment area and first class connectivity to central London.

"We believe there is significant untapped potential in the area for high quality retail, restaurants and residential that will help to boost the town’s day and night-time economies.

"This acquisition supports the strategy of acquiring prime development sites that have excellent connectivity and are located in areas with strong socio-demographics.

"We look forward to working with the Council and local residents to deliver an exemplar development that will put a heart back into Tunbridge Wells."

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