It’s been an action-packed week at the new Bell Court retail and leisure development in Stratford-upon-Avon, thanks to the topping out of the new four screen Everyman cinema that took place today (Thursday 21st July).
UK & European Investments, the developer behind Bell Court, held a topping out ceremony to mark the final steel beam of the 12,000 sq ft cinema being put in place, thus completing the framework of what will be the anchor tenant at the former Town Square development.
Next week, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd – the contractors at Bell Court – will start work on the internal floors, followed by the installation of the external cladding which is due to begin next month. The cinema will be completed and handed over to Everyman for internal fit out in December 2016; opening to the public in spring 2017.
John Stacey, Asset Management Director at UK & European Investments, said: “The topping out of the cinema is an important milestone at Bell Court as it marks the halfway point in our construction programme. With the steel framework now completed, people can really start to get a feel of what we’re delivering at Bell Court.”
Known for its luxurious and stylish environment, Everyman will offer customers a broad and exciting programme when it opens next year; combining carefully chosen new cinematic releases with a curated film schedule and an array of exclusive live events.
John Stacey commented further: “As well as housing the four screen Everyman cinema, this building will also be home to three ground floor units, including a new Byron restaurant with seating for around 170 diners that will overlook the central square at Bell Court.
“We have also started work on upgrading the entrances and frontages to the buildings we’ve retained at Bell Court. This will be done in a staged approach across the next few months, ahead of us starting work on new internal layouts.”
When complete, the £30 million redevelopment of Bell Court will deliver over 70,000 sq ft of retail, restaurant and leisure space. Major enhancements will also be made to the public realm, including outdoor seating, soft landscaping, feature lighting and the introduction of public open space for events and outdoor entertainment.
UK & European Investments is currently in detailed conversations with a number of potential occupiers who are looking to join Everyman and Byron at Bell Court.
UK & European Investments, acting as investment manager, owns the lease to Bell Court; two thirds of which is owned by Stratford District Council and one third by Stratford Town Trust.
Anyone wanting to watch the construction work that has been completed at Bell Court to date can do so by viewing the time-lapse movies on the following link: http://ukandeuropean.reachtimelapse.co.uk/bellcourt/