Muse Developments has been selected by Dartford Borough Council in Kent, UK, as its development partner to lead the £75m regeneration of the Westgate area in Dartford.
A six-screen cinema will be included at a new social neighbourhood with 37,250ft² of restaurant and bar space as part of the mixed-use development, which will also see the creation of a new public square, a 109-bed hotel, a multi-storey car park and 140 new homes.
The council is currently in discussions with the local Clinical Commissioning Group to collaborate on the creation of a new health facility, which will provide space for GPs, family healthcare, social care providers and mental health services.
Dartford Borough Council leader Jeremy Kite said: “We are delighted to be working with Muse. So much of what happens in Dartford is developer-driven and the council rarely has sufficient ownership to shape the use of land for the benefit of local people.
“Westgate is different and Muse has an amazing track record of creating spaces that are not only commercially successful but also hugely popular with people. The council has an ambition to create modern spaces and facilities which enjoy a direct lineage back to our town’s strong sense of family and community.
“The team at Muse also has a record of delivering creative schemes on time and of the highest quality. They instinctively understood the need to provide spaces with people in mind and their approach and background is refreshing.”
The construction of 140 new homes will be spread among four new buildings and they will be a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments above retail units.
Muse development director John Robinson said: “It is an honour to have been chosen by Dartford Borough Council to lead on a project, which will have such a positive impact on the town. The site is very well-connected, being close to both the high street and train station, making it the ideal location for a lively and vibrant new community and cultural quarter.
“Dartford is a forward-thinking council that wants to bring real change to the town centre. We look forward to working with them.”