The Basildon scheme will deliver a 10-screen cinema and six new restaurants

Basildon Cinema

Basildon council in Essex is on the hunt for a contractor to deliver a new £20m cinema and restaurant complex. 

Part of a continuing regeneration of the town centre, the job includes the construction of a new 35,000ft2 cinema, six restaurants and associated public realm works.

In November, London-based architect Pollard Thomas Edwards won the deal to draw up plans for the mixed-use scheme.

The revamp of East Square, which is bordered by the grade II listed Brooke House by Sir Basil Spence and Anthony Davies, will include 10 screens at the multiplex cinema.

Alan Ball, the chair of the town’s regeneration committee, said it wanted the East Square area “to be a destination of choice rather than convenience”.

The existing buildings and surrounding area will be demolished to make room for the cinema and additional building and facilities. The area surrounding the site will remain open to the public throughout the build.

Pollard Thomas Edwards has also been doing work in nearby Laindon to revamp that town’s high street with a residential scheme it is carrying out with Danish architect CF Møller.

Contractors have until 16 July to register their interest in the job.