Retail & Leisure /Current
A major town centre site located east of the High Street and next to the Royals Shopping Centre. The 2.3 hectare site, which is currently used as a surface car park, also benefits from being close to the sea front and the many of Southend’s leisure destinations.
Turnstone Estates has agreed the conditional acquisition of the site from Southend on Sea Borough Council. Also included in the plans are the site of the former Rossi Ice Cream Factory and Number 29, Herbert Grove, which were purchased by the Council in 2008 to enable future regeneration, in a deal funded by the Homes and Communities Agency.
The proposed mixed-use scheme comprises a cinema anchored family leisure scheme, which totals 150,000 sq ft, and include a multiplex at first floor, ten restaurant units, two indoor leisure units, an 80 bed hotel and public piazza. More than 500 car parking spaces are planned on site to replace the current surface car park.
Empire Cinemas will anchor the scheme with a 1,370 seat state-of-the-art 11 screen cinema including IMAX.
Hollywood Bowl have been secured for the large leisure unit on the lower ground floor which will comprise 20 bowling lanes, Hollywood Diner, bar and amusement centre.
Travelodge has also been secured for the 80 bed hotel.
The first two restaurant units have been pre-let to The Restaurant Group, which operates Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito restaurants. A number of restaurant units are under offer.
The scheme is expected to generate around 450 jobs.
A public consultation event took place on the 16th December 2015 at the Royals Shopping Centre. Please go to our consultation website for further information. A planning application is expected to be submitted in early 2018 which would mean works could commence in early 2019 with an opening in 2020.
For letting enquiries please contact Wareing & Partners (Nathan Wareing 020 7409 0022) or Cushman & Wakefield (Spencer Wilson 07736 010220). For planning and PR enquiries please contact Meeting Place Communications (Sereena Davey 01245 256180).