WORK on a major out-of-town retail and leisure scheme began yesterday as the developer unveiled Odeon as one of the main tenants.
The development forms part of phase two of Thorpe Park in Leeds, which Scarborough International Properties is building in partnership with Legal & General Capital, following LGC’s £162m funding arrangement last year.
Scarborough hosted a special event with GMI construction to mark the start on site for the 300,000 sq ft park which opens next autumn. Guests were able to view progress on a specially built viewing platform.
Meanwhile, Boots also joins the retail line-up after agreeing to take a 15,000 sq ft store next to M&S Simply Food at the 1.65 million sq ft development. A further five high street leisure operators are also close to securing space at Thorpe Park Leeds with legal agreements underway.
Odeon has secured a 44,000 sq ft unit for a 10-screen cinema which is to be located adjacent to, and above the boulevard of restaurants within the leisure cluster at Thorpe Park Leeds. Currently, there is no cinema complex serving the east Leeds community, with the nearest located in the city centre.
Ken Taylor, group property director at Odeon said: “We have exciting plans to bring a fantastic cinema experience to the east Leeds community.”
Phase two at Thorpe Park Leeds also includes delivery of the first section of the East Leeds Orbital Road, a key piece of infrastructure connecting north and east Leeds to Junction 46 of the M1.
This road will unlock land for the construction of up to 7,000 new homes in the east Leeds area, land that is either already allocated in the Local Plan or which is brownfield.