New-look Buttermarket takes shape.

By Craig Ranson
By Craig Ranson

Managing Director – Bridge Classic Cars

New-look Buttermarket takes shape as Empire Cinema, Wagamama and Cosy Club prepare to open.

Buttermarket Ipswich

The entrance to the Buttermarket Shopping Centre with all the glass removed.

The entrance at Arras Square will have a completely new look by the time the new Empire Cinema and a range of family restaurants open during the autumn.

Buttermarket Ipswich

Work is now underway to fit-out the 12-screen cinema which will include several smaller screens that could be used for specialist films or second-run showings.

Buttermarket Ipswich

There is also ongoing work to fit out the restaurants, including Wagamama, Cosy Club and Byron’s Burgers. The centre should be totally reopened by mid-November after the £35m investment by new owners Capital and Regional and their partners Drum Property Group.

Work on the project started last year, and has already seen TK Maxx and New Look stores move to new units in the centre.

The former food court at the centre is being converted into a Pure Gym – and the area of Arras Square outside the centre will be remodelled with new seating and meeting areas.

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