A new state-of-the-art 650 seat, five-screen Savoy cinema is set to open in Grantham, Lincolnshire this summer as developer GF Tomlinson completes the exterior shell and external groundworks of the building.
Along with the high-end cinema, there will also be a restaurant and office space.
The first floor of the new building will be allocated for teaching and lecturing space by the University of Lincoln, with the restaurant occupying the ground floor.
Andy Sewards, managing director at G F Tomlinson, said: “Now that the cinema’s external shell is complete, we can see the new facility taking shape. We’re proud to play a part in the regeneration of Grantham’s town centre and have established a great new relationship with South Kesteven District Council which can be built upon for years to come.
“This is a significant day for Grantham and the whole district, a step closer to providing residents and visitors with a clean, modern and multi-screened cinema that can be enjoyed by many and will be an asset for the town and the surrounding area,” said Cllr Cooke. “We are committed to the regeneration of Grantham town centre, and this cinema will play a huge part in that.”
Cllr Jacky Smith expressed how delighted she was over the new educational vision which will sit on top of the cinema, stating: “We shall have the luxury of five superb cinema screens here on the doorstep and a university centre to bring ambitious higher education options to South Kesteven, all under one roof.”
The new cinema and mixed-use building were made possible thanks to a £2m grant given from the Great Lincolnshire Learning and Enterprise Partnership – the money will go towards build cost and fit out.
Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive said: “It’s great to mark another project milestone that plays an integral part in the regeneration of Grantham, which is currently experiencing significant investment to revitalise the town. The whole community will benefit from the improved public realm and new facilities.
“By using our framework, South Kesteven District Council have guaranteed cost-effective and efficient project delivery, while ensuring that the local supply chain and the economy have experienced significant benefits throughout the project’s lifetime and beyond.”