A new seven-screen cinema will be the centrepiece of Bedford’s new Riverside North development.
Bedford Riverside Regeneration Limited, the council’s development partner at the site, has secured top name tenants for it.
Agreements have been exchanged with Vue Entertainment for a seven-screen cinema and with Premier Inn for a 100-bedroom hotel.
National restaurant operators have also signed up, including the Gondola Group for a Zizi, Prezzo PLC for a Chimichanga, Tragus for a Bella Italia and Mitchell’s and Butler for a Harvester. There will also be new public space, a pedestrian footbridge over the river, restaurants and more.
Colin McQueston, director of Bedford Riverside Regeneration Limited, said even in a challenging economic climate, there is real interest from new occupiers to come to the Riverside North scheme. He added: “In addition to the tenants already signed, we are currently in discussions with a number of further well-known brands and there is a real possibility that the scheme could be 100 per cent pre-let, before construction commences in the summer of 2014.”
The completed scheme will provide Bedford town centre with a destination that will attract up to 500,000 people per year and create over 250 jobs.
Work will start on the main scheme in late summer.