A ten-screen Odeon cinema is set to be the anchor tenant of a new retail and leisure park development at Thorpe Park Leeds.
Work has officially started at 1.65 million sq ft phase two development Thorpe Park Leeds after a special event to mark the commencement was hosted by developers Scarborough International Properties and construction firm GMI Construction.
ODEON has secured a 44,000 sq ft unit for a ten-screen cinema which is to be located within the leisure cluster at Thorpe Park Leeds.
Boots has also agreed to take a 15,000 sq ft store next to M&S Simply Food at Thorpe Park Leeds.
The new lettings are part of phase two of Thorpe Park Leeds, which Scarborough is developing in partnership with Legal & General Capital, following investment company’s £162m funding arrangement last year.
The park is due to open next autumn and Next, M&S Simply Food, TK Maxx and the Outfit are also taking major stores at the at the celebrated East Leeds scheme.
Ken Taylor, group property director at ODEON, said: “We have exciting plans to bring a fantastic cinema experience to the East Leeds community. ODEON in Thorpe Park Leeds will have state of the art screen and audio technology, our latest luxury seats, and our very best hospitality services.
“We look forward to finalising our plans and recruiting an energetic team who will give great service to our guests when we open.”
Mark Jackson from Scarborough International Properties said: “We are thrilled to see that such high quality and popular brands recognise the appeal at Thorpe Park Leeds as a significant and growing community within the East Leeds district.
“Not only will they provided fantastic new facilities to the immediate businesses and 4,000 existing workers, but also serve the potential for a further 10,000 workers as well as the wider community.
“Our confidence to invest in phase two at Thorpe Park Leeds is proving successful as we work hard with our partners, the local authority and operators to create an exciting new destination with community, health, wellbeing, connection and enterprise at its heart.”
Rachel Dickie, investment manager at Legal & General Capital, said: “To have secured Odeon as the leisure anchor and added Boots to the retail line-up further demonstrates the quality and vibrancy of the offer that Thorpe Park Leeds is bringing to the East Leeds community.
“This second phase of development is set to support the wider Leeds economy, acting as a major catalyst for further investment.”
Andy Bruce, managing director or GMI Construction Group, said: “Momentum is really building now at Thorpe Park Leeds as we progress this pivotal part of the project.
“We have been on site now for over two years progressing groundworks and as the structural elements for the retail and leisure part commence we have tripled our workforce to excel delivery for completion next year.
“We also have an engagement programme in place to support local employment and apprentice training on site and pride ourselves in ensuring that the communities in which we work benefit from our projects.”