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Green light for major film venue plans
Odyssey Trust unveils
British Film Institute to receive cash boost to fund National Film Centre scheme
£100m Belfast plans
Plans for a £100m mixed-use By Pete Hayman
development on the site
surrounding Belfast's Odyssey A new National Film Centre is
Complex have been submitted to set to be created on London's
the Northern Ireland Planning South Bank after the govern-
Service. The Odyssey Trust has ment and London mayor Boris
unveiled its masterplan for the Johnson both approved
project, which was designed by funding for the plans.
Dublin-based architects HJ Lyons Prime Minister Gordon
in partnership with planning Brown confirmed that the
consultants Turley Associates to British Film Institute (BFI) will
further integrate the Odyssey receive £45m from the
site with central Belfast. Department for Culture, Media
and Sport, as well as a £5m The BFI already operates the IMAX cinema in Waterloo, London
Grosvenor pulls out
contribution from the London
of Preston scheme
Development Agency. which will draw on and update legacy, bringing together the
Preston City Council (PCC) has The £166m National Film the BFI National Archive, as greatest collections of film on
announced that plans for a Centre will boast five cinema well as using regional archives earth with all the excitement
£700m regeneration scheme will screens showcasing the best of and the Mediatheque network. and stimulation of emerging
go ahead as planned, despite the British and world cinema, as BFI director Amanda Nevill cinema into the most creative
withdrawal of one of the well as providing space for said: "We will be creating and inclusive programmes.
property companies behind the cultural events and exhibitions. something that doesn't exist "We are a step closer in our
project. Grosvenor has decided Plans include the exchange anywhere else in the world, ambition to inspire and excite
to pull out of the joint venture of programmes and knowledge precisely because we can. It will audiences everywhere in a new
with Lend Lease in order to with partners across the UK, build on the BFI's 75 year digital Britain."
focus on a larger portfolio of
smaller developments. However,
Lend Lease has confirmed that it
Conran set to roll out café chain
Council secures
will continue to work with PCC
L&G agreement
on the scheme, which was called By Tom Walker Plans for the redevelop-
in by the government earlier ment of Northampton's
this year due to the scale and Restaurateur Sir Terence Conran Grosvenor Centre could be
nature of the proposals. is reportedly planning a new set to move forward after
chain of English cafés after he the local authority
Tenants' action group
told the Evening Standard that secured a deal with Legal
plots pubco rebellion
he "planned to put an English and General (L&G).
An action group of tenants and café on the corner of every Northampton Borough
leaseholders is planning a mass high street in London", Council said that it was a
"beercott" of pubcos Punch following the success of his Conran aims to roll out the "significant early step
Taverns and Enterprise Inns in a Albion café in Shoreditch. Albion chain across the capital towards planning the
protest against the tied business Albion specialises in British redevelopment", which
model. The Pub Revolution food, serving dishes such as Italian café chained founded by will include doubling the
group is proposing that tenants fish and chips and shepherd's his sister Priscilla and her size of the Grosvenor
withhold rent from the pubcos pie, and Conran has already husband Antonio Carluccio. Centre, the restoration of
and break the terms of their negotiated leases on sites in Conran told the paper: "If historic pedestrian access
leases in what it calls "a bid to Victoria, Regent’s Park and you look at Albion, it is in across the town and new
ensure the survival of pubs Covent Garden. many ways a British version of open and covered
across the country and to put an He said he was drawing Carluccio's, with a small shop shopping areas.
end to the pub companies". inspiration from Carluccio's, the and a café."
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