Work to deliver the new town centre in Crewe has begun with developers erecting hoardings around the old Royal Arcade site signalling the start of the long-awaited redevelopment.
The initial phase of the project will see the existing services to the old buildings disconnected and made safe before they are knocked down this coming spring.
The contracts to demolish the site were signed late in December 2019 with Peveril Securities.
The iconic clock tower will also be demolished, the clock workings saved and transferred to the Crewe Heritage Trust.
Councillor Nick Mannion from Cheshire East Council confirmed:
This includes the clock tower, although arrangements have been made to save the clock parts and transfer them to the care of Crewe Heritage Trust, for which you can thank Councillor Dorothy Flude.
In recent years the town centre has fallen into a state of disrepair while developers were sought to deliver the much needed development.
The current proposals for the site include a new cinema, bowling alley and shops along with a new bus interchange.
Empire Cinemas announced their intentions to build the new cinema in 2018. Justin Ribbons said:
We are delighted to announce our plans for a new cinema in Crewe. Our main screen will feature a hi-tech ‘impact’ screen showing the latest blockbuster movies to 230 customers seated in luxury seats, including some in a new sofa format. Our 17-seater ‘D Box’ will be one of the first in the UK where the moviegoers’ reclining seats react to the action on screen.
A planning application is yet to be submitted for the proposed new development.