Engineering group hired to help deliver £7m cinema and leisure complex

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Civil and structural engineering company, JPG Group, is providing consultancy services for the delivery of a new cinema and leisure complex at Kingsgate Shopping Centre in Huddersfield.

Kingsgate owners, WD (Kingsgate) Limited has confirmed start on site plans to deliver the £7m scheme after agreeing a 25 lease with independent British cinema chain The Light.

It intends to transform the existing House of Fraser store to deliver two floors for leisure use including a bowling alley with bars and restaurants units at ground floor while a new upper level will be dedicated to the six-screen cinema attraction.

Leeds-based JPG has reviewed plans for the site and assisted with feasibility and costings with a detailed design review which produced a significantly value engineered solution.

JPG assessed the existing Kingsgate building to validate support capabilities and consulted with specialist, NZA Acoustics to conclude deliverability.

David Allwood, director at JPG Group, said: “We are pleased to secure this project on the back of our existing credentials in cinema feasibility.

“This type of installation requires a very bespoke assessment due to the acoustic and vibration isolation requirements and this is intrinsically linked to the overall design, materials specification and construction as well as the internal interface.”

Peter Everest, of WD (Kingsgate) Limited, said: “I am looking forward to working with JPG and the team led by Covell Matthews Architects to deliver a truly transformative development for the people of Huddersfield and the whole of Kirklees.”

JPG is also working with quantity surveyors Richard Boothroyd Associates (RBA) and NU Construction to deliver the project. The project team will start construction on site in early 2022.

JPG Group has recently completed work on the new £8.5m, six screen Savoy cinema complex in Doncaster town centre which include five prime restaurant units.

The Group was appointed structural engineer to work alongside Lindum Construction and The Harris Partnership to deliver the leisure attraction in the town’s Civic and Cultural Quarter.

JPG has also completed a cinema scheme in Kent as part of the Spirit of Sittingbourne consortium city regeneration project.  Alongside an eight screen Light cinema the multi-million pound scheme includes leisure units and a 63-bedroom Travelodge.

Other cinema projects completed by JPG include the £25m, 11-screen Empire cinema complex in Catterick, and the multi-screen cinema as part of the wider £40m Broad Street Plaza destination in Halifax town centre.