Construction is due to start next month on a ‘landmark’ multimillion pound regeneration project in Thetford.
The Riverside development, which was given the green light in December, is set to include a 62 bedrooom hotel and three-screen cinema as well as shops, restaurants and cafés,
Managed by Breckland Bridge Ltd, a landmark partnership between Breckland Council and Land Group LLP, the project is part of a wider regeneration of the town and expected to completed by the end of 2016.
Site clearance began in February, and partners already agreed for the development include Travelodge and digital cinema chain The Light Cinemas.
David Winch, lead construction director at Land Group LLP, said: “After a long gestation I am delighted to be able to indicate a firm start for the scheme.
“Before our involvement the council and their professional team worked extremely hard to overcome many hurdles preventing the development.
“It is extremely satisfying for all involved that this landmark town centre scheme will at last leave the drawing board and start construction.”
Rupert Kitchen, partner at LSI Architects, who designed the development, said: “The character and materials link the site to its historical context but serve to inject a new lease of life.”
Construction firm Farrans Construction Ltd will undertake the building work.
Tony O’Brien, UK development director for Travelodge Hotels, said: “We have long been seeking a suitable location in Thetford and the Riverside development that Breckland Council has brought together, with a new cinema and restaurants, is the perfect spot.”
Initial marketing has begun for the five restaurant units alongside the hotel and cinema.