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Artist's impression of St James development in Dover. Credit: Dover District Council

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The main contractor for St James' leisure and retail development has been named

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Artist's impression of St James development in Dover. Credit: Dover District Council

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Artist's impression of St James development in Dover. Credit: Dover District Council

Construction specialists RG Group, of West Malling, are in full control at the St James’ development in Dover town centre.

The news was given by the scheme’s project leader and financier Legal & General.

The £53.25 million development forms part of Dover District Council’s wider regeneration for the town, which is hoped to create jobs and drive economic and social growth.

Completion is expected by next March and is also hoped to encourage people beyond Dover such as Deal, Sandwich and neighbouring Kent districts to visit.

Work on the 157,000 sq ft scheme has been well underway for a while with construction works progressing well for the Cineworld, restaurant block, and the main retail block on Townwall Street.

Construction of a 108-bed Travelodge hotel will also be taking place.

Maidstone-based Gallagher Group has been on the site since last December and will continue as a sub-contractor.

RG Group took possession of the site as the main contractor on Monday last week.

The council says that once developed, the scheme will also provide Dover with a modern retail and leisure provision to support the town’s growing population.

The retail element is to be secured by major brands including Next, and Marks & Spencer, while the leisure component includes a six-screen Cineworld Cinema, a 108-room Travelodge hotel and six restaurants.

The development is currently 80% pre-let and recent lettings at the scheme include Shoe Zone, Card Factory, Carphone Warehouse and Greggs.

Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke commented: “This is hugely welcome news. It’s been fantastic to see a new cinema and shops rising at the St James’ site.

“Getting Burlington House down last year was a massive victory. And there has been incredible progress in recent months.

“Today's announcement means we keep up the momentum in building a brighter future for Dover.”

Demolished in February 2016 to make way for the scheme was Burlington House, Dover’s ugliest building .

Neil Crawford, head of retail and leisure development at LGIM (Legal & General Investment Management) Real Assets, said: “Already significantly pre-let, St James' Dover will provide a modern, fit for purpose and highly prominent retail and leisure destination for the town.

“We are continuing to see significant demand from retailers wanting to sign up to the scheme, and it is great to see works progressing, bringing to life the transformation of the town centre.”

Clive Lynton, development director at developers, Bond City, said: “We are delighted to be working with a Kent-based construction company.

"We were impressed with RG’s credentials in the retail sector and look forward to working with them to complete this exciting development for Dover.”

Trevor Puttick, Director at RG Group, said: “We look forward to working with both Bond City and Legal & General to deliver an excellent scheme for Dover.’’

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