20 May 2019: 4:13 pm
New cinema in Basildon
A multi-million pound contract to build a town centre cinema for Basildon has been awarded to property developer Simons Group.
The project to create a 10-screen cinema for Empire, and six new restaurants in Basildon's East Square was awarded in February.
Enabling works prior to building have happened after Thurrock-based firm, Squibb Group, were awarded the contract to prepare the site for development in December last year.
The aim for East Square is to make it a beacon for leisure activities, entertainment and dining in the town to help create a thriving evening economy. The cinema building is due to be completed by October next year, and is a key part of the town centre’s transformation.
Tom Robinson, chief executive at Simons Group, said: "We are delighted to be working with Basildon Borough Council on such an exciting project for the town, particularly during its 70th anniversary celebrations. The cinema will be a fantastic addition to Basildon and one which will bring much enjoyment to local residents.”