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Work to begin on Walsall waterfront property

GF Tomlinson has been appointed by developer Kier Property as the contractor for a project in Walsall that will see the construction of a cinema and four restaurants.

The first phase of the project will provide one unit of around 5,000 square feet of retail and leisure space.

Another four units will be constructed as part of phase two, which will provide another 14,000 square feet.

The Waterfront development, which has cost £65 million, has already been a huge success having regenerated more than 17 acres of land across Walsall.

The cinema, which will be known as The Light, alone is set to create as many as 230 jobs.

Oliver Butler, project manager for Kier Property, said: “We are delighted to confirm we are about to start work on site. This is fantastic news, following many weeks of working in partnership with GF Tomlinson. It’s great to finally get started and we look forward to watching the scheme progress through to completion in the autumn/winter of 2015.”

Paul Fish, director of GF Tomlinson, added: "We are proud to be selected to build this new number one leisure destination in Walsall."

He continued by stating that there were plans for officials to engage with members of the community in an effort to help ensure recruitment is kept as local as possible, which he said was a key part of the project's ethos.

Councillor Mohammed Nazir, the cabinet member for regeneration said the council was "looking forward" to the start of construction on the site and welcomed the "investment and job creation that it will bring."

"I congratulate the work of Kier, The Light Cinema and their partners for bringing this project to this exciting stage.ADNFCR-1203-ID-801767092-ADNFCR

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