Coplan Estates and Denne, part of the Leadbitter Group, have been appointed by Bedford Borough Council as development partners for a £50m regeneration project.
The site is currently occupied by a car park and the existing Bedford Borough Council’s offices which are due to be vacated this spring following the council securing unitary authority status for the borough.
Coplan Estates and Denne are working with architects, PRP, to develop proposals for the site, including a seven screen cinema, 150 bedroom hotel, 30,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space (A1/A3 uses) and 150 high-quality residential units.
Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson said: “This high profile site offers a fantastic opportunity to deliver real regeneration for our town centre. We are working hard alongside Coplan/Denne to bring forward the scheme and make the most of this unique town centre riverside location for Bedford.”
Colin McQueston, director of Coplan Estates, commented: “We are delighted with our appointment as preferred development partner. The riverside location of the site provides us with a unique opportunity to deliver an exceptional, leisure-led, regeneration scheme to complement the existing town centre and build upon the council’s clear objective to create a stronger local economy by delivering sustainable growth and employment for existing and future residents.”