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Demolition work begins on Orpington regeneration scheme

Mon 11 February 2013, 10:22 am

Demolition work has begun to make way for a new 50,000 square feet regeneration scheme in Orpington which will include a new seven-screen multiplex cinema.

The Walnuts...CGI of of Orpington regeneration scheme

Miller Developments is in charge of demolition work as development manager for Garden Property, the consortium which is carrying out the development.

Garden Property CH Limited is a joint venture, comprising Miller Developments, Ellandi and Metropolitan Estates, a Middle Eastern investment fund advised by Europe Realty Management.

Mark Hewett, director at Miller Developments, said: “The commencement of demolition is an important stage in the implementation of our vision for Orpington.  We believe that the development, through the combination of providing a new leisure core to the town and modern-style retail units, will lead to increased activity throughout The Walnuts.”

Mike Wimble of Ellandi, asset manager to Garden Property, said: “The demolition of the existing Crown House confirms our on-going commitment to rejuvenate Orpington town centre.  Since taking ownership of the Walnuts, we have completed new lettings to Love Coffee and All Bags and refurbished a number of units ready for new tenants to occupy.  We have also recently launched a free Wi-Fi service in partnership with The Cloud.”

The demolition work will see the former Job Centre at Crown House pulled down.

The 15,500 sq ft building will make way for the new development which will include the cinema, three restaurants and four large retail units.

External market stalls are being consolidated within College Square and Walnut Square is being reconfigured and upgraded.  Planning for the development was granted in Autumn 2012.

New occupiers for the development are likely to be announced in the coming weeks.  The development is due to be completed in early 2014, the consortium said.

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