Plans for a major upgrade to the Aspects Leisure Park in Bedford go on public view next week.
The plans, which represent a considerable investment in the park, can be seen on Tuesday, October 22 at the ground floor foyer of Club 2000 Bingo, at the leisure park in Newnham Avenue, from 2pm until 8pm.
The scheme includes:
The extension and refurbishment of the existing Cineworld cinema to bring it up to a state of the art venue with more screens including 3D, and luxurious seating.
A wider choice of restaurants and cafes with three new restaurants added.
Improvements to the appearance of the leisure park which will enhance its connection to the river.
Members of the public are invited to visit the exhibition and give their views whilst the Aspects development team will be on hand to answer any questions.
These upgrades add to the restaurants, Fitness First gym and Club 2000 Bingo hall already established there. There is parking for over 660.
The revised application is likely to be submitted this autumn with a decision due in the New Year.
The exhibition will also include a display of the winning entries for the Schools Rebranding Competition.
The revised proposals include the demolition of the former laser venue to create a cinema extension comprising three additional screens accessed by a ground floor glazed link to the existing cinema, with an external store area between.
The existing vacant theme bar will be converted into two restaurants units, with an additional restaurant unit created alongside that would provide a more family orientated mix than the previous bar and nightclub.
An initial planning permission for the redevelopment of Aspects Leisure Park was granted in September 2008, which included the extension and refurbishment of the existing cinema to provide visitors with additional choice and quality seating.
The proposal also comprised the creation of several restaurants and cafes at the site, securing the site as a family orientated destination and enhancing the potential for linked trips.
Due to the recent economic downturn construction of the scheme was never commenced. An application to extend the implementation time of the permission was granted in September 2011 for a further three years.
A modified design has subsequently been prepared by the project architects which provides a slightly different configuration and allows for the latest technology in cinema to be included.