We are delighted to announce that Royal Tunbridge Wells’ planning committee has approved proposals for the £80m development of the former ABC Cinema site. Developed in partnership with Altitude, the seven storey 165,000 sq ft development, designed by GHA, provides 33,000 sq ft of street level shops, 21,000 sq ft of podium level cafes and restaurants, the 10,000 sq ft Everyman Cinema, up to 10,000 sq ft of medical or office space, and around 100 contemporary apartments set around a private landscaped garden.
Known at The Belvedere, the landmark scheme is in a prominent location and will play an important role in restoring the vitality of its central location in Tunbridge Wells. The contemporary development responds sympathetically to its immediate historical context and will create a vibrant public realm in addition to an attractive destination to the town centre with an improved retail and leisure offer, making a positive contribution to the long-term regeneration of Tunbridge Wells.
Stephen Tillman, Director of Altitude Real Estate said; “We are delighted that the proposals for The Belvedere have received such overwhelming support. There is real excitement regarding the amount of investment being made in the town and our scheme is a further vote of confidence in the future prosperity of such an attractive location. The Belvedere will create a vibrant new place in the heart of this lovely town in which people can live, shop and relax, as well as bridging the divide between the traditional retail areas of the Pantiles and Royal Victoria Place”.