Blackburn Cinema is a new eight-screen independent cinema for cinema operator Reel being built on the former Waves Leisure Centre a site in Blackburn town centre.
The new cinema for Blackburn with Darwen Council is the latest part of the borough’s scheme to regenerate the town centre and the night-time economy and will make a positive contribution to the urban landscape as it fills a prominent site between a number of significant existing buildings.
The single storey cinema will provide approximately 2,400m2 of floor area incorporating a bar and food and drink units complemented by an under-croft car park and a public realm outdoor space, better linking the Northgate – King George’s Hall – Blackburn College area of town.
The design appearance of the cinema is modern yet simple. The site is located within the Northgate Conservation area and adjacent to a listed building therefore the materials used are respectful of the existing surrounding buildings. This approach allows a modern building to sit within the context of the Technology & Design College and King Georges Hall.
The glazed entrance foyer is designed to provide an obvious active frontage and impressive entrance with a large canopy design which protrudes out to the public realm and also acts as a way of navigation to the area creating a focal point.
The main cinema structure is designed with a low-level brickwork plinth in a buff colour to complement the surrounding stone and upper sections of the cinema in a textured cladding which will be finished in a colour to tone in with the surrounding red brickwork. The entrance elevation is set lower than the main structure and is formed with curtain walling, the roof overhang continues over the top and wraps down at the car park end to form a ‘book end’.
This ‘overhang’ is clad with a pale gold material will be anodised aluminum sheet, this choice of colour is intended to achieve a tone which sits with the adjacent buildings (Gold cladding to the leisure centre and Feilden Street Car Park) and the choice of material to harmonise with the nearby College building.
Barnfield Construction were selected as construction partner and started on site in August 2018 with completion due in Summer 2020.