Daventry scheme starts on site

Council presses the start button on Mulberry Place leisure development.

Willmott Dixon has begun the project for Daventry District Council (DDC) to transform the former library site off North Street, Daventry, into a new four-screen cinema, with restaurants, public square and splash fountains.

Work starts this week on demolishing the former library buildings to prepare the site, with archaeological digs due to start later this summer and work on the cinema foundations beginning in autumn.

It follows on from last month’s relocation of Daventry Library to modern new premises in the nearby Abbey Centre, off St John’s Square. The former North Street building, which dates back to the 1930s, had become outdated, impractical and costly to run for the library.

The Council is on course to agree a lease to its preferred cinema operator for the Mulberry Place development within the next couple of months.

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