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June 8, 2012 5:07 PM
By L & G release

ST Stephen's PlaceLegal & General Property have confirmed that work has started on site to build St Stephens Place Leisure Park, which they describe as "the first cinema-anchored development in Trowbridge for over 20 years."

Last week Leadbitter Group, a Bristol based company, were appointed lead contractor for the development. They will carry out the regeneration of a long-neglected part of Trowbridge town centre. Work started on site on 6 June, creating over 100 jobs for local tradespeople.

Legal & General Property, the firm behind St Stephens Place Leisure Park and owner of the neighbouring Castle Place Shopping Centre, completed contracts in April with ODEON and Premier Inn. The development will provide a new seven-screen ODEON multiplex cinema, a new 80-bed Premier Inn hotel, as well as a range of family restaurants, cafes and bars, 111 new parking spaces, and new landscaped areas of riverside open space. Once completed the project will create over 200 new jobs.

Formerly home to a Tesco store, the site has lain dormant since the mid-1990s. The site will now become a hive of activity - construction will gather in pace over the summer, with a view to St Stephens Place Leisure Park opening in October 2013.