The new cinema and library in Sidcup
The new cinema and library in Sidcup moved one step closer this month as the Council together with cultural infrastructure developer Really Local Group and local construction company Neilcott finalised the plans to start works on site.
The new cinema, library and residential development in Sidcup High Street, designed by award winning architects DRDH, will support the vitality of the town centre and enhance Sidcup’s reputation as a cultural hub.
The Council has been working closely with Really Local Group (RLG), who will fit out and run the independent cinema, embracing the culture of the area. Really Local Group already have a venue in Catford, and are looking to expand in a number of new locations which include Hayes and Bermondsey.
Bexley has also appointed locally-based contractors Neilcott to build the new development. Construction will be starting in earnest in early January 2021.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Growth, Cllr Louie French said: “Despite this time of uncertainty for High Streets generally, we are delighted to have kept this important project on track. Bringing these two experienced organisations on board means this exciting new project is that bit closer to becoming a reality. The new facilities will be a great addition to the High Street.”
Cabinet Member for Places, Cllr Peter Craske said: “A new library in such a central spot in Sidcup will be great for the town. Having the cinema attached to the library will make it a one stop shop for culture and community activities for all ages. I can’t wait to see the building take shape.”
The fantastic new venue is scheduled to open 2022.
Neilcott Managing Director, Malcolm Elster said “We are delighted to have been appointed to construct what will undoubtedly become one of the Borough’s landmark buildings and we look forward to making a positive contribution to the community within which so many of our staff reside.”
RLG are looking forward to expanding in this corner of London.
Preston Benson, Founder of Really Local Group commented: “We are very excited to part of the team bringing an enhanced cultural offering to Sidcup. The former site of a Blockbuster Video, many local residents first discovered their love of movies here and we look forward to creating many new memories.
In a post Covid world, localism and community matters more than it has ever before. Working with Bexley Council was a key enabler of this opportunity and we are delighted to be bringing an inclusive cinema that acts as a community ‘hub’ to Sidcup’s high streets.”