More Big Guns for Broad Street

MORE big-name retailers have been announced for the Broad Street Plaza in Halifax.

Pizza Express, Nando’s, pub chain Harvester and the Chinese Buffet could be trading alongside Wetherspoon’s and Frankie and Benny’s when the Vue cinema and Tenpin bowling alley open in March next year.

A deal on Pizza Express is now in legal hands.

And negotiations are under way with Nando’s, the chicken restaurant chain. Meanwhile the huge steel frame for the £50 million development is taking shape opposite Halifax Town Hall.

It will incorporate a 429-space multi-storey car park and a health centre opposite the bus station, to replace the Laura Mitchell Clinic.

The Gregory Group will also build a 100-bedroom Premier Inn and a TableTable Restaurant.

Gregory Group managingdirector David Brimblecombe said: “I hope that by the end of March, the scheme will be 90 per cent let.

“And by March 15, we should be able to say it will be completed within a year.”

As well as those named, there will be at least four smaller retail units in the scheme, which is centred around the multi-screen cinema complex.

The last cinema in Halifax, the ABC at Ward’s End, closed in June 2002 with the blockbuster Spiderman.

Part of the Broad Street site, at the corner of Orange Street, is likely to be left vacant in the short term.

It has been set aside for a multi-storey office block which could replace the council’s administrative HQ at Northgate.

The Courier revealed that retoring Northgate House would probably cost £15 million.

But no decisions have been taken about the future of the building, which forms part of a wider debate about development options for that part of the town centre.