Ealing council has picked Land Securities to build a £100m ‘cinema quarter’ on the derelict site of a previous cinema.
The council will buy the site from Empire, who ran the previous facility until 2008 and still own the land, by compulsory purchase order.
It approved a redevelopment plan for the site in 2004 but almost ten years later says that Empire has failed to move forward with the project.
It gave Empire a 2012 deadline to begin its project before shortlisting Barratts, Cineworld and Land Securities to take its place as developer in November.
Ealing council leader Julian Bell said: “We are firmly committed to Land Securities building Ealing’s new cinema quarter. We gave Empire every opportunity to build a new cinema and yet four years later the site is still derelict.
“We are now progressing without them through a compulsory purchase order. With Land Securities on board, we will secure the new cinema that Ealing needs.
“I not only want to see Hollywood blockbusters being shown again in Ealing but also a far broader mix of independent films and events that will attract people from all over London. The innovative thinking of Land Securities means that once again when people think of cinema they will think of Ealing.”
Ealing has long had a reputation for British filmmaking, and Ealing council says it wants to see the new mixed-use development linked to nearby Ealing Studios, which is the home of British period drama Downton Abbey.