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Huge leisure complex will begin construction this month.

Pioneer Place CGI

We’ve been seriously excited for this one – a new multi-million pound leisure complex will start being built on Monday 24th January.

A seven-screen cinema, five retail and leisure units with a 226-space car park will make the highly-anticipated ‘Pioneer Place’ one of the best hotspots in Lancashire.

It’s set to be completed in late summer 2023 so that the £23 million development will open in autumn of that year.

The multi-screen cinema will be operated by REEL Cinemas which will continue to operate from its current site in Manchester Road, Burnley, until it moves to Pioneer Place. The Manchester Road site will then be re-developed for occupation by supermarket chain Lidl. The adjoining Star pub will remain unaffected.

Kailash Suri, managing director of REEL Cinemas, said: “We are delighted that work will be underway shortly on our new REEL Cinema Burnley, and that we will be able to offer our customers old and new a truly outstanding cinemagoing experience, the likes of which is currently unavailable in the town.

“REEL Cinemas prides itself on offering our audience members great customer service, complete comfort and value for money. The new REEL Cinema Burnley will continue to give the local community somewhere to spend quality time with family and friends.”

Pioneer Place is yet another development which is transforming the Town Centre. It is situated between Charter Walk and Burnley College, whilst also being a short walk from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). With this in mind, this development will undoubtedly be a popular location for students, along with those working in and around the town centre.

Furthermore, It is predicted that the construction of Pioneer Place will support around 180 jobs, with a further 100-plus new jobs being created in the cinema and supporting food outlets.

Burnley Council leader Councillor Afrasiab Anwar said: “It’s fantastic to see this major project get under way. Burnley Council has been determined to forge ahead with this exciting and ambitious project and now it is becoming a reality.

“Pioneer Place will bring new visitors to Burnley town centre during the day and into the evening, deliver new jobs and support the growth of the rapidly-expanding UCLan campus. It will help diversify what the town centre has to offer to local residents and visitors alike and help boost the local economy.”

Nik Puttnam, senior development manager at Maple Grove Developments, said: “With the start of construction now underway our vision to create a leisure quarter which will diversify the evening economy here in Burnley is finally being realised and we look forward to completing the development in early autumn 2023.”

Pioneer Place forms part of a wider town centre masterplan to attract millions of pounds of investment into boosting Burnley town centre. It follows recent investment in improvements to the town centre, the creation of a Heritage Action Zone, and the council’s purchase of Charter Walk shopping centre to help secure its future.

This development is a really big deal and will be following it every step of the way. We absolutely look forward to visiting this location on day 1 of its opening in Autumn 2023…