Hollywood Bowl and Arc Cinema have also been announced for the same complex
Zizzi and Las Iguanas have confirmed they will come to Preston as part of the mult-imillion pound Animate leisure and entertainment complex.
The two chains are among three operators confirmed for the city centre development which is being built on the site of the former indoor market. Also confirmed is Cosmo, a world buffet operator which will take an 11,000 sq ft unit on the upper floor.
Preparation work will start over the next month after Preston City Council gave the go-ahead for the complex to move to the next key stage of development, with a start on site in early 2023. LancsLive previously reported how Arc Cinema confirmed it will take a 25- year lease at Animate and follows Hollywood Bowl in committing to the development.
The city council today confirmed the triple announcement of Cosmo, Italian restaurant Zizzi and Latin American bar and restaurant Las Iguanas. Thos announcements alone account for 18,000 sq ft at the landmark development which is being overseen by Maple Grove Developments.
Main contractor Eric Wright Construction is set to start work on the construction phase in January 2023 and the restaurants are expected to be operational once the scheme opens in late 2024. Located within the city’s Harris Quarter, Animate was given the go-ahead by Preston City Council earlier in October and in addition to the main leisure anchors will offer five primary restaurants plus a street food hub and competitive social space, significantly enhancing the city centre’s retail, leisure and cultural offer.
Animate will also feature a new underground car park with 164 spaces, with improvements being delivered to the surrounding public realm, improved pedestrian links, a changing places facility as well as enhanced landscaping, tree planting and street lighting.
Marc Ward, Head of Acquisitions for Azzurri Group which owns Zizzi said: “Preston has been a long-standing target for Zizzi. We have been working with Maple Grove and Preston City Council for many years to bring this development to fruition and are very pleased to be part of this exciting leisure and restaurant hub at the centre of this major UK city.”
Leader of Preston City Council, Councillor Matthew Brown said: “The strength of these three popular restaurants agreeing to sign before the main construction phase begins, is testament to this game-changing development which is now 75% let. This shows an exceptional level of confidence in a scheme that will make a big difference to the regeneration of Preston’s leisure, entertainment and cultural offer.
“Animate will remain in the ownership of the council for the people of Preston and will be central in delivering secure, long-term jobs, skills and training opportunities, and will boost footfall into the city centre, supporting our cultural economy and retail core. As part of the construction and development phase local suppliers and trade union partnerships will be a significant feature further supporting our vision of an inclusive economy.”
- 16:35, 1 NOV 2022