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Empire Cinemas signs deal for Walthamstow venue


Empire Cinemas, one of the UK’s larg- est independently-owned cinema chains, has signed an agreement for a new multi- screen venue on Walthamstow High Street, London. T e deal was signed with devel- opers Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA) and Hill Residential, with the cinema to form part of a wider regeneration of the area. A nine-screen, fully digital complex


with Empire Cinema’s large screen format, IMPACT, is planned for the site and could be open by 2014 subject to planning.


Emirates Air Line service opens


Emirates Air Line, the new 1.1km (0.7-mile) cable car ser- vice linking Greenwich with the Royal Docks in London, embarked on its fi rst passen- ger fl ight on 28 June. Mayor Boris Johnson offi -


cially launched the new service spanning the river Thames, which offers pan- oramic views overlooking the capital and has taken nearly a year to construct. A total of 34 cabins will


cater for up to 2,500 peo- ple each hour, travelling at a height of 90m (295ſt ) above the Thames. The cable car attraction was designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects. In addition to providing a new transport


link to the east of the city, the Emirates Air Line will also allow people to take a non-stop return journey, allowing them to experience the views overlooking London.


T e historic venue has been completely revamped


New casino opens at Hippodrome Theatre


London’s former Hippodrome T eatre has reopened as a casino, following a major transformation led by father and son team Jimmy and Simon T omas. More than £40m has been invested in


creating the new Hippodrome Casino gaming venue – housed in the theatre and adjacent Cranbourn Mansions in Leicester Square. T e casino will off er three fl oors of gaming; a 180-seat cabaret theatre called T e Matcham Room; the 150-cover Heliot restaurant; four private dining rooms; and fi ve bars. Details: http://lei.sr?a=T1w8v


£25m Casino planned for Middlesbrough


Stockton-based Jomast Developments has announced it has secured Middlesbrough’s large casino licence – one of eight UK areas in which such licences are to be made avail- able. T e developer is planning a £25m leisure and entertainment scheme in the heart of the town centre, which will trans- form the Gurney House building and adjoining car parks. In addition to a new casino, Jomast’s plans include the provi- sion of a luxury hotel, a budget hotel and banqueting facilities, as well as restaurants. Plus3 Architecture has been working with Jomast on the plans.


10 London F1 street race vision unveiled


Santander, lead sponsor of the British Formula One Grand Prix, has unveiled its vision for a street-race route incor- porating some of London’s most iconic landmarks. Populous were appointed to


compile a feasibility study on behalf of Santander, which has included the production of a concept fi lm of how a London Grand Prix would look. T e proposed 5.1km (3.1-


mile) London street-race has been conceived as a night event and incorporates a start/ fi nish straight on T e Mall. Cars would travel at high speed in front


of Buckingham Palace, around Parliament Square, along the Embankment and up to Trafalgar Square, with a total of 14 corners included in the planned route.


T e concept sees cars speed past landmarks such as Buckingham Palace Plans were shaped by Populous’ experience


working on Silverstone’s new circuit, together with “cockpit insights” from British drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Details: http://lei.sr?a=O4N5E


Powerleague owner joines Goals Soccer Centre race


Patron Sports Holding, the owner of fi ve-a-side football facility operator Powerleague, has con- fi rmed it is considering a takeover approach for rival group Goals Soccer Centres. Patron has said it is “currently consider- ing its options” with regards to Goals Soccer


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Centres, but said there was no guarantee that it will be making a bid for the business. Goals Soccer Centres has also been subject


to an approach from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, the Canada-based pension fund. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=W9a1i


ISSUE 3 2012 © cybertrek 2012 London’s Emirates Air Line connects the Royal Docks with Greenwich Johnson, said: “T e Emirates Air Line is


a stunning addition to London’s transport network, providing a much needed new con- nection across the T ames.” Mace Macro will operate the line, which has


been built by Mace working with Aedas, Buro Happold, and Doppelmayr.


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