Work on Fort cinema site to re-start next week

Angus MacDonald, the local businessman behind the new Fort William cinema development, says he expects work to resume on the site next week. NO F16 Angus MacDonald

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Construction work on Fort William’s new cinema is due to re-start next week, it has been confirmed.

The site has been idle for several weeks following the demolition of the former dilapidated cinema building and the former DV8 clothes store on the Cameron Square site.

Demolition of the old cinema and the former DV8 clothes store took place in February and March. NO F16 cinema flattened
The old cinema and the former DV8 clothes store were demolished in February and March.

However, Angus MacDonald, the Moidart businessman behind the project, confirmed to the Lochaber Times he expected work to resume on Tuesday.

‘We’ve had planning permission for a while but needed to wait for other paperwork including a building warrant. Now we have all that we can get going again,’ he said.

It is hoped the new two-screen cinema, with cafe and restaurant, will be open by May 2020, in time for the Scottish Six-Days Trial motorcycle event.

Skye-based architectural firm Dualchas Architects has designed the new complex with the aim of creating a striking building ‘very much of its place and making a strong reference to traditional Highland architecture’.

Fort William has been without a working cinema for 12 years, despite several attempts in the recent past to restore one in the town.