Durham’s Milburngate development could get new boutique cinema

Allan Cook (left) and Neil McMillan overlooking Milburngate from Freeman's Reach on Durham's Riverside

Allan Cook (left) and Neil McMillan overlooking Milburngate from Freeman's Reach on Durham's Riverside

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Cinema operator The Everyman Group has chosen a development in the region for a new multi-screen facility.

A brand new multi-screen cinema is in the pipeline for the North East – and now the operator behind it has revealed its sights are set on Durham.

The Everyman Group has earmarked the city’s exciting Milburngate development, on the River Wear, as the perfect new home for their boutique cinema – the first for the company in the North East.

The waterside regeneration scheme, developed jointly by Carillion, Arlington Real Estate and Richardson Capital Llp, will also have a mix of new homes, offices, bars and restaurants.

Following a successful public consultation for Milburngate earlier in the year, the consortium is finalising its proposals for the site to create a premium, mixed-use scheme for Durham city and the North East.

A public exhibition is set to take place in November, and an application will be submitted to Durham County Council this Christmas.

Neil McMillan, development director at Carillion, said: “When we started this project we firmly believed that if we offered the right quality of environment then Durham City could attract some really exciting and innovative operators, transforming this site into a vibrant mixed use destination of regional significance.

“The positive responses we’ve had from our target operators, including Everyman, is really encouraging and reaffirms our view that we can create a scheme in Durham to rival some of the best developments in the UK.

“Whilst there is still a lot do, we are very much on track to turn our plans into reality and we expect to submit our planning application around Christmas time with the intent to secure approval in early 2016, with construction to commence soon after.”

Allan Cook, managing director of Arlington Real Estate, hailed Durham as a “special” place which is growing in reputation across the UK.

He added: “Our city deserves more than just another generic high street scheme, a sentiment that was very much shared at our first public exhibition.”

“We were always confident that our vision for this part of Durham would be attractive to such operators and that they would relish the opportunity to be part of this once in a lifetime regeneration opportunity.”