Work on Telford’s £250 million Southwater development is due to start next week, it has been revealed.
Hoardings will go up around the work sites tomorrow.
Ground works are due to begin in November.
The work will take 18 months to complete and will see an 11-screen cinema, a string of restaurants and bars, and a hotel built.
During the work the small council-operated Southwater car park will close as the space will be needed for on-site operations.
Telford & Wrekin Council leader Kuldip Sahota said: “The plans for Southwater have evolved over time but I am delighted that we are now in a position where we will see tangible evidence of what we have been promising start to rise up before people’s eyes.”
Once work is complete the cinema will be operated by Cineworld, while restaurants and bars will include national-chain restaurants. Premier Inn will also open a hotel on the site.
Toby Baines, chairman of Citygrove, which is leading the development, said: “Southwater Square has attracted high quality tenants such as Wagamama, Pizza Express and Cineworld and will result in a £25 million investment in Telford creating 260 jobs.”
It comes as council bosses get ready to reopen the town’s ice rink tomorrow after a major £4 million renovation and extension project.
The rink will be used for the first time tomorrow by the Telford Tigers ice hockey team.