Construction has officially started on the multi-million pound regeneration of Thetford riverside.
A groundbreaking ceremony yesterday marked the beginning of the project which promises a 62 bedroom Travelodge hotel, a three-screen The Light cinema as well as restaurants, cafes and shops.
The project, a joint venture between Breckland Council and The Land Group, is expected to take around 18 months to complete.
Mayor of Thetford, Robert Kybird, said: “I think it is an overdue start on what is a key site for the town.
“I know the young people of that are especially looking forward to having a cinema where they can go as teenagers in their own without mum or dad driving them to Bury or Norwich. “The hotel will provide footfall for a number of local restaurants and it gives people the opportunity to enjoy one of the best riverside frontages in East Anglia.”
The landmark project, which will be built by Farrans Construction between Thetford Grammar School and the town centre shopping area, is expected to create more than 75 jobs in the town.
Councillor Michael Wassell, leader of Breckland Council, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that construction work at Thetford Riverside is now officially underway. “The milestone we are celebrating today means we are now well on the road to creating more local jobs for local people and generating growth which will benefit the town and the whole district.”
Breckland Bridge Ltd, the independent company jointly owned by Breckland Council and The Land Group, also plan to create new housing developments in the district over the next three to five years.