Land Secs details cinema plans

by Jim Dunton Wed 3 July 2013, 5:20 pm

Developer Land Securities has unveiled its proposals for redeveloping Ealing's Empire cinema site.

The £100 million scheme - dubbed Ealing Filmworks - would see the creation of a new cinema and restaurant complex, as well as 150 homes, and a new outdoor public performance space.

Putting its masterplan on public display for the first time, Land Securities said the scheme would retain the frontage of the old Empire as part of a leisure destination anchored by a multiplex cinema.

Its proposals cover the Empire site on New Broadway - which is now in the hands of receivers, and three other properties to the south-east.

According to the masterplan, the development’s ground floor level would be a network of around one-dozen cafes and restauarants with an indoor gallery and an outdoor public performance area at its heart.

Land Securities plans showed that two bars could be located at the Walpole Park end of the development.

The scheme’s two upper floors would be made up of apartments and the multi-screen cinema complex.

According to Land Securities, the development would have the potential to create around 350 jobs.

The developer said the scheme would “provide a vibrant and exciting leisure destination” that unlocked a currently derelict site and celebrated Ealing’s film history.

It said it intended to submit an outline planning application later this year, and that work could potentially begin on-site in 2015, with the leisure elements opening in 2017 and the homes completed the following year.

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