An update from Empire Cinemas on the Ealing site development.
Since Empire Cinemas was given approval on minor amendments to the proposed work in December 2011, the company has been hard at work completing the detailed design & construction drawings, finalising plans and detailing the interior of the cinema.
Empire Cinemas is pleased to announce the appointment of Clarkebond to oversee the management of the building project and recruitment of the design team. The necessary tendering process required to commence mobilisation on the work is now nearing completion, fully on target with timelines on projects of this ambition and scale.
Empire Cinemas has always, and continues to be, fully committed to building a first class cinema for the residents of Ealing and will continue to expedite the necessary and appropriate steps towards optimal regeneration of the existing site.
We thank the residents of Ealing for their patience to date, as we take the next exciting steps towards a new world class cinema for everyone to enjoy.
LONDON TONIGHT STATEMENT 20th December 2012
In 2012 Ealing Council threatened to CPO the site less than 30 days after granting Empire Cinemas planning permission to build a multiplex cinema. In July Empire received a letter from Ealing Council providing a deadline of October 24th to recommence works, a deadline which we committed to work towards and have fully met.
Ignoring that deadline Ealing Council invited tenders from developers and have wasted a significant amount of public money in pursuing the tender, and in trying to revise their planning policy to make the CPO stack up , whilst construction on the site by Empire Cinemas is actually underway. Contrary to the Council leader’s recent statements, Empire Cinemas have a construction contract with Avalon under standard JCT terms to deliver the full project. Our project managers, Clarkebond UK Limited are in regular discussion with the council executive about progress on the project. Separately our piling contractors Midgard are currently on site piling. The erection of the steel frame will follow the pile capping in the new year.
Clearly Ealing Council are as keen as we are to make sure our own development progresses and for Ealing to gain the cinema it deserves. However we believe the continued threats of a CPO (on which the Council has yet to vote) are counterproductive both to our own development and to many other businesses or developers who would like to invest or develop property in Ealing but are concerned about being in a similar position with the possibility of CPO . Currently, as well as our own property, the proposed CPO affects established businesses along Bond Street and fronting Mattock Lane, many of which have invested and upgraded their buildings only now to be threatened by a CPO.
Empire Cinemas worked with the Ealing planners for over 18 months before we gained the revised planning permission in late November 2011 and, since then, have worked diligently to commence construction on the site. Given that we have and are working with the Council at all levels to deliver a site, have completed significant works to date, and are continuing in actual construction on site, we are demonstrably committed to the development.
Should the Council continue in its attempt to CPO the site, the whole development will be frozen for a considerable period whilst we litigate and a considerable amount of taxpayers’ money will be wasted. In the current economic climate we fail to understand how the Council’s leaders can justify such action whilst commenting at all times that they wants to see cinema on the development at the earliest opportunity .