West Lindsey District Council has officially appointed award-winning GBM Demolition to lead the demolition of the former Lindsey Centre in Gainsborough.
Demolition work officially started on Monday 19 December and will enable the build of a new four-screen cinema, restaurant and commercial units as part of our Thriving Gainsborough programme of work.
The project is part of a number of ongoing Council investment programmes, which aim to develop the district’s towns and rural communities.
Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Councillor Owen Bierley is delighted to welcome GBM Demolition to the project. He said: “The demolition of the former Lindsey Centre is a focal point of our plans to create a ‘Thriving Gainsborough’. The redevelopment of this key town centre site will not only enable the delivery of the cinema, but also connect Marshall’s Yard with the historic Market Place via a new walk way.
“It is a very exciting time for the town as there is a hub of regeneration activity taking place. Therefore, we really look forward to working with GBM Demolition as they join us in our ambitious plans to bring a real, sustainable change to the town.”
This project forms part of the Council’s ambitious plans to regenerate the wider town centre area, which is undergoing a significant investment thanks to Council’s £18 million Levelling up Programme.
Adrian Corrigan, Divisional Director for GBM Demolition, is delighted to join the Council for the project.
He said: “We’re very pleased to be involved with this demolition project, which is local to us and enables employees and supply chain partners from the locality to carry out and benefit from the works. We think the development of the cinema will be of great benefit to the area, and it’s exciting to be able to play a key role in the improvement of lovely Lincolnshire towns such as Gainsborough.”
The building, which was previously known as Oldrids Department Store, is due to take approximately twelve weeks to demolish, finishing just before the Easter holidays.
Cllr Trevor Young, Ward Member for Gainsborough, is pleased that visual changes are starting to happen in the town. He said: “It’s great to see that the cinema process is starting to take place, and I look forward to watching the positive changes it brings to the town.”
Sir Edward Leigh, MP for Gainsborough, also attended the site on Wednesday 21 December. He said: “This project will have an incredible impact on Gainsborough, it will really make people sit up and take notice. This town deserves it, and I am absolutely delighted and cannot wait to see the work taking place.”
Site assembly and clearance has been supported by external funding including £500,000 from the Greater Lincolnshire LEP and funds from the Levelling Up programme.
Halina Davies, Projects and Programme Executive Manager at the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The LEP has already contributed £4 million to the overall regeneration of Gainsborough through a suite of projects to help restore and revive the town centre and transport infrastructure, creating a coherent, attractive and strong commercial hub that will support a growing town.
“We’re extremely pleased to see this demolition work going ahead and we look forward to seeing the results of this ambitious regeneration programme.”
West Lindsey District Council and GMB Demolition will be working closely to ensure disruption to market traders and businesses around the market place is kept to a minimum. Up-to-date information can also be found on the Invest website here: www.investgainsborough.com/luf/cinema/
West Lindsey District Council’s Director of Planning and Regeneration, Sally Grindrod Smith, said: “As we end 2022 and move into 2023, there are huge and positive changes ahead for Gainsborough Town Centre. We are working hard to deliver a market place that is at the heart of our town, with spaces and activities for people to spend their leisure time, meet family and friends and enjoy our traditional street market in a special historic environment”
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