Four builders circle £65m Aldershot job

Aaron Morby 13 years ago
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Work on Aldershot’s landmark Westgate cinema, hotel and supermarket development could start as early as April.

The scheme is set to move forward after investment company Legal and General paid Rushmoor Borough Council and its development partner, Citygrove, £51m for the site.

The Enquirer understands that several builders are already circling the job with Bowmer & Kirkland, McLaren, John Sisk and Willmott Dixon in the bidding.

The winner will be unveiled next month.

Built on the site of a former 1960s car park, the scheme will be constructed on a deck platform so as to provide a 500-space car park at lower ground level.

It will be anchored by a seven-screen multiplex Cineworld and a Morrisons supermarket, and will provide eight restaurant units and a 91-bed Travelodge hotel.

Andrew Ferguson, from Legal & General, said: “The Westgate represents a good opportunity to acquire a prime town centre leisure development scheme that will provide the long-awaited catalyst for Aldershot’s regeneration.

“The town is currently home to approximately 33,000 people, including a large military contingent, but with no current leisure offer and plans to consolidate the army’s operations in Aldershot alongside government targets to increase the town’s housing by 4,000 new homes.”

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