Work has finally begun on a new cinema complex in Richmond, earmarked to be completed by late 2021.

The development in Richmond West by Nelson company Gibbons will see a cinema complex as the main tenant in a commercial development near Lower Queen Street.

Silky Otter Cinemas will be the anchor tenant for the development. The cinema company launched it’s first cinema in Orakei Bay Village in Auckland, and currently has consent for another complex in Wigram, Christchurch.

The new development is on a 5.53ha site in the fast-growing Richmond West development. The Richmond West area is set to have over 1,200 new homes, with a population of 4,000 by 2025, along with 270 retirement dwellings being built nearby.

Food and beverage businesses will also join the cinema complex, with plans for a standalone restaurant around the ‘village green’ which is expected to be a 1000 square metre green area for families.

Along with the cinema and food offerings, the development will also include retail and office space. A new service station is also being developed across from Berryfields Crossing, according to Gibbons.

Gibbons CEO Scott Gibbons says that the company is proud to be bringing the first cinema to Richmond.

“The feedback we have received from the public regarding the cinema has been extremely positive,” he says.

“We are also very excited to be providing complimentary offerings to the cinema as part of the first stage of the development in the form of food and beverage, retail and commercial professional services space.

“The vision we have for the development is one of providing a convenient accessible centre that is inclusive of the entire family and people of all ages to come and enjoy.”

Gibbons recently completed a development on Queen Street, opposite the Warehouse, with Sals, Zambrero, and Aki Kitchen, which opened this year.

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