Kier has been awarded a £24 million contract by developer, Bond City, to deliver the multi-million pound St James development in Dover town centre.
This forms part of the comprehensive redevelopment of the St James area to create 156,915 sq.ft of prime retail and leisure space in the high-profile location close to Europe’s busiest passenger port.
Pre-construction work on the site is already underway with piling works for the foundation of the cinema and restaurant complex due to start later this month. The main build is anticipated to be completed in Autumn 2017.
The St James development sits alongside the A20, the main road leading to the Port of Dover, and the design is sympathetic to the surroundings with a slate roof and flint wall used on the Townwall Street loading area.
The build includes 156,915 sq. ft. of new retail and leisure space, with parking for 445 vehicles. The retail offering will be anchored by a 16,000 sq. ft. M&S store, whilst the leisure offer includes a six screen multiplex Cineworld cinema, a 108-bed Travelodge hotel, and six restaurants.
Paul Abrahams, operations director, Kier Construction Southern, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Bond City, Legal & General Property, and Dover District Council to deliver this major project.
“It’s an important scheme for Dover and the area’s economy, and we will be building on our relationships with the local supply chain to help create valuable employment opportunities through the delivery of this key regeneration scheme.”
Clive Lynton of Bond City said: “This development promises to transform the retail and leisure offer in Dover with its prime town centre location and proximity to Europe’s busiest passenger port.”