Added on: 2nd July, 2014
At a “turning the Sod” ceremony on Monday 30th June, in Orpington, The Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Julian Bennington marked the start of a construction project that will incorporate a multi-screen cinema. He said -
“I am delighted to be here to “Turn the First Sod” on this exciting and important development in Orpington Town Centre. The 7 screen Multiplex cinema, 3 restaurants, a gym and 3 large retail units will improve the retail and leisure offer available in Orpington, deliver up to 200 new jobs, and make Orpington even more a town to visit”
Orpington has been without a cinema for more than 30 years. The Commodore Cinema opened in 1933, closed in 1982, and was later demolished. The brand new complex, including restaurants, shops, and a gym, is on the site of The Walnuts shopping centre. It will provide a much needed boost to the town centre’s economy, attracting employment and investment into Orpington town centre.
Millers Construction will deliver the 65,000 sq ft development anchored by a 7 screen Odeon cinema, scheduled for completion by spring 2015.
Fast expanding B&M, one of the leading variety retailers in the UK, has secured space in the development in line with its strategy to grow its store base in southern England.
Pure Gym, the national gym chain, will be making a substantial investment in the scheme, creating a new 24 hour gym of 14,300 sq ft.
The high quality new extension will deliver a combined retail and leisure complex to the heart of Orpington, regenerating the town centre and transforming it into a major mixed use destination.
Together with three restaurant units and a new public square, the development will offer a contemporary, modern environment to suit a wide range of retailer requirements.
Orpington will be strengthened by The Walnuts’ new role as a community hub and retail/leisure destination, encouraging further development and investment in the surrounding area.
Workman LLP, Managing agents for The Walnuts shopping centre, recently appointed Janine Adams as Marketing Coordinator. Janine said “Our ‘ceremonial first dig’ was a very enjoyable positive event and it was great to inject some excitement into The Walnuts and Orpington. The progress of the development can be viewed, at any time, via our newly installed development web cam, available on our homepage. This together with our new events programme planned, 2014 will see many changes.
Orpington is changing and the extensive support of local people has been amazing. We are very much looking forward to the Centre’s future.”
Last year, Orpington became Bromley’s first Business Improvement District, with the objective of creating a better environment for both businesses to flourish and visitors to enjoy. This re-generation project is a major step towards that goal. Sharon Baldwin Orpington 1st BID manager said “I am delighted that the construction is underway. Local people are really excited about the new complex. This is the first of a number of major projects that will transform Orpington. Together with the re-development of the college, and new housing from Berkeley homes, this complex will deliver significant improvements to Orpington.”