Bond City’s £53m St James development will have a six-screen cinema, hotel, restaurants, and shops.
Pre-construction work on the site is already under way with piling works for the foundation of the cinema and restaurant complex also now starting. 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 square feet of new retail and leisure space, with parking for 445 vehicles.
Kier Construction Southern operations director Paul Abrahams 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.”