Published Friday, 6th December 2019
Work on the Council’s flagship cinema development at Marketfield Way in Redhill is set to get underway before Christmas.
It will begin with the Council’s contractor, Vinci Construction UK Ltd, fencing off the area behind the vacant properties at 34-44 High Street to install site facilities. This will be followed by the stripping out of the buildings in preparation for demolition in the new year.
From 3 January 2020 the site hoarding will begin to go up and demolition vehicles will arrive. Demolition of the existing buildings and site preparations will take about three months to complete. Construction is then expected to start in May and be complete in summer 2022.
Marketfield Road car park closure
To enable the development to take place, the Council’s Marketfield Road car park will be permanently closed from 2 January 2020.
Starting this week, in preparation for the development, contractors will be drilling test boreholes in Marketfield Road car park to check the ground conditions. The work will mean that a few parking spaces will need to be cordoned off at a time and this work will be phased to minimise the impact on parking in the run up to Christmas.
Huge community benefit
Luci Mould, Director of Place Services, said: “The start of works on site is a really significant milestone for this landmark project and the wider regeneration of Redhill town centre. Once complete it will be of huge community benefit, providing a multi-screen cinema, improved shopping and leisure opportunities and much-needed new homes. Both the construction and completed development will also provide hundreds of job opportunities for local people and boost the local economy.
“We are starting the main works in the new year so as not to disrupt trade for local businesses during the busy the Christmas period. In addition, Redhill market will remain in operation every day from 19-24 December.”
The Council and its contractors are in contact with those affected by the development and the Council is assisting with relocations where needed, including that of the Citizens Advice Bureau to ensure its important services are not impacted.
For details of alternative parking in Redhill see the Redhill car parks page.