Plans for a Reel cinema on a former library site are expected to be signed off next week as part of Knowsley Council’s redevelopment of Kirkby town centre.
The site is now vacant, and is bounded by Cherryfield Drive, with a temporary car park opposite. The application is for a three-storey building that will house a six-screen cinema and three food & beverage units at ground floor. There will be 30 car parking spaces.
Saunders Architecture & Design is the architect for the project, with the council as its client. The professional team also includes Fairhurst as civil & structural engineer, Cudd Bentley as M&E consultant, cost consultant Gleeds and Transport Planning Associates. The planner is John Francis Planning.
Proposals for a cinema at the site were originally put forward by developer St Modwen, which held a large number of assets in the town following a £36m deal with Tesco In 2015, the supermarket group having built up assets ahead of unrealised plans for a major development linked to a proposed stadium for Everton FC in the town.
Knowsley Council last year acquired much of St Modwen’s Kirkby holdings for £44m, including the cinema site.
In a further development taken on by the local authority to trigger activity, ground was broken on a retail scheme to feature Morrison’s, Home Bargains and KFC this January.
Reel has become a go-to operator for towns looking to refresh their retail & leisure, with plans at various stages in Blackburn, Burnley, and Skelmersdale, and ciinemas now open in Chorley and at Rochdale Riverside.