A multiplex cinema, restaurants and other indoor leisure outlets are on their way following the selection Bouygues Development as the city council’s preferred builder.
The project, which is on the site of the former coach park, current Serco depot and other parcels of land, will also include student accommodation and other residential development. There will be a mix of national and local occupiers.
In addition, Bouygues Development has designed a public area that is intended to become the heart of the leisure aspect of the scheme, hosting a variety of events including markets, an outdoor skating rink at Christmas and local theatre productions.
Canterbury City Council’s Chief Executive, Colin Carmichael, said: “The standard of all the bids was very high, and we’re delighted to have selected such an experienced company as our partner for this exciting regeneration project for Canterbury.
“Bouygues Development has an excellent track record of developing large-scale, complex mixed-use regeneration projects such as the one we envisage for Kingsmead.”
Axel Boutrolle, Regional Director at Bouygues Development, said: “We were delighted to be selected as the council’s preferred development partner. After eight months of hard work, we are confident that we have designed a viable scheme which keeps to the council’s project scope and respects the surrounding area.
“We have put together a very competent professional team and we look forward to realising this important strategic site for Canterbury.”