Telford & Wrekin Council is now able to announce more details of the phased opening of the £250m Southwater development – which is transforming the skyline of the town centre.
Work on the various new buildings in the town centre is close to completion prior to each of them being fitted out and the exterior public realm works being done.
In April and May the first buildings to open will be the Premier Inn and the multi storey car park with space for over 600 cars.
The iconic gold colour cladded Southwater One building – which includes a new library, the councils Town centre first point contact centre, café and restaurant as well as access to the Town Park – will be next to throw open its doors.
It is expected that the public will be able to use Southwater One and its facilities from July onwards.
The new 11 screen IMAX Cineworld and associated bars and restaurants including Pizza Express, Harvester, Chimichanga, Zizzi, Bella Italia, Nando’s and Wagamama will open in July and August.
Telford & Wrekin Council’s second T-Party cultural extravaganza will take place on Saturday August 2 and will mark the official launch of Southwater.
Telford & Wrekin Council leader Councillor Kuldip Sahota said:
“The aim of the Southwater development has always been to rejuvenate the town centre and create a vibrant night time economy.
“It is extremely exciting that we are now on the verge of the buildings being completed and fitted out and that we now have a likely schedule of openings.
“We have worked closely with our private sector partners Citygrove and Southwater Event Group, and the Homes and Communities Agency to deliver this development.
“With other major investment in the town centre, including the new Asda, the planned £200m redevelopment of the Shopping Centre, the second phase of Southwater to include residential properties and the associated changes to the highways infrastructure, the future looks very bright for Telford.”