WARRINGTON’S Time Square project is set to take a major step forward when the Borough Council’s executive board meets next Tuesday (May 23) to appoint a contractor.
The executive board will consider a report detailing a fixed price, multi-million pound contract for the preferred contractor to construct a multiplex cinema, restaurants units, permanent market hall, council offices and public square.
The name of the successful contractor will be announced in the coming weeks following conclusion of legal formalities and works will commence later this Summer.
Professor Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive of Warrington Borough Council, said: “The transformational Time Square scheme is set to revitalise Warrington’s town city centre bringing an attractive, family friendly, leisure, restaurant and shopping offer which will complement Warrington’s successful Golden Square.
When open in 2019 the completed project will comprise a Cineworld multiplex cinema, several restaurants, a market hall that will incorporate the listed former Boots building façade, new civic offices, a new public square and the 1160 space multi storey car park that is already nearing completion’.
The building that will become a temporary home for the market is currently being fitted out and the market will relocate to that location in August.
The report outlines how the scheme has grown considerably in ambition and size since its original inception. Notably the cinema, has increased from the original proposal for an eight screen to a thirteen screen multiplex with Superscreen resulting in an increased overall cost of the development. There has also been a cost increase as a result of current global trading conditions, though on completion in 2019 the scheme will continue to create significant income for Warrington Borough Council at similar levels as have been previously reported.