Cinema moves a step closer as work continues on Beeston Square

The team behind Beeston’s new cinema has provided an update on its progress, with work continuing safely on site during the most recent lockdown measures.

Despite the varying restrictions on construction work since the first national lockdown in March, the build of the cinema has progressed well, and is on target to be completed imminently.

The keys for the new eight-screen leisure venue will then be handed to operator The Arc Cinema, ahead of its opening in summer 2021.

Ahead of then, the new public areas of the square will be open to the public in the new year.

Councillor Greg Marshall, from Broxtowe Borough Council’s Project Board said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the progress that has been made on the cinema. This year has been challenging for so many people in so many ways, and it has been no exception for this project.

“However, thanks to the close partnership between Bowmer + Kirkland, The Arc Cinema and the project board, work has been able to proceed at pace and on track for completion by the end of the year.

“Once open, the cinema will create a fantastic destination for the people of Beeston and the wider Broxtowe area, as well as providing a much-needed boost to the town’s post-5pm economy.”

Mike Atkinson, project manager at Bowmer + Kirkland, said: “This project has been a pleasure to work on from start to finish. It has been a prime example of collaborative working throughout the project team and the supply chain to overcome the difficulties and challenges encountered due to the worldwide pandemic.

“Bowmer + Kirkland is extremely proud to have been involved in the project and looks forward to enjoying the facilities with the rest of the team once the fit out is complete and it is safe for us all to do so.”

The cinema forms the cornerstone of the Beeston Square development, which is led by Broxtowe Borough Council and also features food and beverage units, public spaces and 132 new homes.