Empire Cinemas to anchor £50 million redevelopment together with Travelodge Hotels

We can now confirm that Empire Cinemas will anchor the £50 million redevelopment together with Travelodge Hotels.

The regeneration proposal includes a state-of-the-art 11 screen Empire cinema, including 1,370 seats and their large format IMPACT screen, 80 bed Travelodge Hotel, together with ten new restaurants and cafes, two indoor leisure units, a new public square and a multi-storey car park.

Empire is the UK’s leading independently owned cinema chain and cater for a wide-range of cinema goers and film enthusiasts. Justin Ribbons, CEO of Empire Cinemas, said; “We are thrilled to be partnering Turnstone to bring this multiplex cinema to the heart of Southend-on-Sea and we look forward to entertaining local film fans for many years to come”.

Tim Deacon, Director of Turnstone Estates, said, “Our vision is to create a destination family leisure scheme right here in Southend town centre.  The brand new entertainment facilities will help protect and enhance the reputation of the seafront as a go-to destination for residents and visitors alike. We are very excited to announce Empire and Travelodge and are also in discussion with a number of exciting new tenants for the restaurant and leisure units. We will be making further announcements shortly”.

The new Seaway Leisure development is expected to directly create around 450 new jobs, and provide a boost to Southend’s town centre economy. The site is allocated for development in Southend’s draft Central Area Action plan, which sets out the council’s plans for a strong town centre and seafront.

The proposals for the Seaway Leisure development will be submitted to Southend on Sea Borough Council this summer and construction could start in 2018.

Seaway cinema plans go on show

Southend-on-Sea residents are being invited to view the long awaited cinema and leisure village proposals for the Seaway car park in Lucy Road. Turnstone Estates is consulting on plans to transform the car park into a brand new state-of-the-art ten screen cinema, with restaurants and cafés, active indoor leisure uses, such as rock climbing wall and a gym, a new public plaza, a hotel and a new multi-storey car park.

The plans come as part of a wider scheme to stimulate growth and regeneration of the central seafront area. As set out in the Southend Central Area Action Plan, the Council has ambitions for regeneration in key areas to make Southend-on-Sea a thriving regional centre by providing new opportunities for recreation and leisure.

Located in the heart of the town centre, and close to Southend-on-Sea’s treasured seafront, the redevelopment of Seaway will draw families from across the region, generating extra footfall and boosting the local economy. The scheme itself is expected to provide around 450 new jobs.

The plans will be displayed in the Royals Shopping Centre on Wednesday 16th December. Local residents are encouraged to drop in at any time between 12pm and 7pm to find out more. Everyone is welcome come along and take a look at the proposals. Members of the project team will be available to answer any questions. This is a great chance to have your say on the proposals and to provide valuable feedback.

Tim Deacon, director at Turnstone Estates said, “We are delighted to be sharing these exciting proposals with local people. This project is a vital part of the Council’s town centre regeneration plans and Seaway Leisure is a unique opportunity to enhance and reinforce the town centre by offering complementary restaurant and leisure uses, generating extra footfall and providing a huge boost to the local economy.”

More information about the project can be found by visiting www.seawayleisure.co.uk. Residents with comments or questions can get in touch with the project team by calling 0800 148 8911, emailing info@seawayleisure.co.uk or you can tweet the team @seawayleisure.