Festival Park leisure complex – Stoke on Trent
Stoke on Trent, West Midlands
Bowman Riley is designing a £2.5m refurbishment of an existing Odeon cinema and leisure complex in Festival Park, an out of town retail park in Stoke on Trent.
Originally built in 1998, the existing cinema complex is dated and in need of investment and refurbishment to enable it to respond to changes in customer demand and to compete with a new city centre cinema. In addition, much of the first floor is currently empty following the closure of the Quasar laser game.
A planning application has been recently submitted to transform the exterior of the building, which will be over-clad to give it a more contemporary appearance.
To occupy the vacant space within the building, the plan is to open three restaurants. The proposal will ensure the Odeon cinema can operate viably in today’s evolving leisure market.
Valad Property Group subsequently bought another leisure site in Blackpool to be given a similar facelift.