Guildford Borough Council buy Odeon cinema and Old Orleans restaurant as part of regeneration plan

October 11, 2018
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Two more buildings have been purchased by Guildford Borough Council as part of their plans to regenerate Guildford town centre.

Deals for the Odeon cinema and former Old Orleans restaurant buildings have been agreed, although a price remains undisclosed.

The Bedford Wharf properties are hoped to advance regeneration plans, which will aim to open up the riverside and surrounding area.

The council has confirmed that the Odeon cinema will continue in the same building.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Spooner, said: “I am very pleased to announce that the Council has just secured the Odeon and former Old Orleans restaurant buildings as part of our plans to open up the riverside and the Bedford Wharf area.

“High quality place making is one of our stated key aims and this supports our integrated and holistic approach to transforming Guildford town centre.”

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Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, Matt Furniss, added to these sentiments, saying that the acquisition will help the public space “that provides an important approach from the station and river to the rest of the town.”

Cllr Spooner concluded: “Making sure that Guildford is a great place for residents, workers and visitors is critical for our borough’s success.

“Our town is a popular and high-performing regional centre and acquiring properties like these give more opportunities to enable our ambitious vision for the future.”

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/guildford-council-buys-odeon-cinema-15264028


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