Inverness Eastgate Centre unveils cinema extension plan
April 11 2014
Designed by Threesixty Architecture, who have drawn up similar plans for Dundee's Wellgate Centre, the extension would house a new cinema on upper levels whilst the ground floor is given over to a range of restaurant and café spaces to better engage with the public realm.
In a statement the practice said: “The existing façade is monolithic and does not celebrate the inner functions of the building and a cinema use obviously limits opportunity to enliven the elevation. To counter this, the design response creates a dynamic façade of a golden hued preformed metal panel that will change with the varying light and seasons. The panels are textured through varying perforation sizes and etched polished finishes that will counter the monotony of a consistent material finish and, being back-lit, offer a dramatic back drop to Falcon Square in the evening.”
F&C asset manager Spencer Gower added: “The face of shopping centres are changing, with so many people shopping on line it is important that centres have a fusion of retail and leisure to attract customers. The visitor experience is becoming more and more important particularly in inverness where tourism is so important.”
Work on the scheme is expected to begin in the ‘next few years’.
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