20 FEB 2017

Work progressing apace at St James

I have seen how work is progressing apace at the St James development.

Last week I was given a tour of the building site – where Burlington House once stood – by workers from Dover District Council and developer Bond City.

Plans for St James include a six-screen Cineworld cinema, hotel, restaurants and shops with M&S, Next, Travelodge, Nandos, Bella Italia and Frankie & Benny's among confirmed tenants.

Real progress is being made with construction firm Gallagher clearing land, laying foundations and putting up steel frames.

I'm told the main contractor is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The chosen firm will be tasked with finishing most of the work by the end of the year.

After years of waiting, last year Burlington House was at last demolished. This was a huge victory – a symbol of how things are changing.

It was incredible to see how much progress has been made. The starting gun has well and truly been fired on the renewal of Dover.


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