Barr Construction has been appointed as main contractor on the £30 million cinema and leisure site in Darlington owned by developer Terrace Hill.
The Feethams Leisure development, on the site of the town’s former bus station, was announced last year and will include a nine screen Vue cinema and an 80-bed Premier Inn hotel.
Barr has been on site since September last year carrying out enabling works to prepare the former car park on the Feethams site before starting the steel-work.
This will be one of the final projects delivered under the Barr Construction banner following the recent merger with McLaughlin & Harvey.
The complex will create an additional 13,000m2 of leisure and retail space and will include a number of high-profile restaurants. The leisure scheme, which also comprises an underground car park and outdoor terraces, will become an integral part of the town centre.
Paul Griffen, construction director at Barr Construction, said: “The proposed leisure park will be a great asset to the town and will no doubt become a central community hub for the people of Darlington.
“We have just completed site clearance and enabling works and we will be seeking to work with local labour, suppliers and subcontractors wherever possible on this project.”
Barr Construction has also been appointed by developer Terrace Hill as main contractor at Gateway Middlehaven Retail Park in Middlesbrough.
Paul Griffen added: “It’s fantastic to be starting another project for Terrace Hill and continuing the relationship we have built up over the recent years.”
Councillor Bill Dixon, Leader of Darlington Borough Council said: “This is going to be an iconic development in the heart of the town making Darlington an even more attractive place to live, work and relax. When complete it will be a welcome addition to the already strong culture and leisure offer in the town centre and is a key and important step to realising our vision for Darlington.
“This is clear evidence that Darlington can attract a first class development of this kind and that there is confidence in the business world in what the Borough has to offer.”
The project is expected to be complete in early 2016.