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Making the Scene

Council Leader Chris Robbins was on hand to inspect the progress of the development of the new cinema complex in Walthamstow Town Centre at the end of last month.

“It’s coming along really well,” said Chris. “I know there are lots of residents who are very excited at the prospect of a cinema returning to the borough for the first time in a decade.

“This is one of our key regeneration projects and will really make a difference to the borough. Over the years various attempts have been made to help bring the arcade site back into use, so the fact this development is happening now is very rewarding.”

The Scene at Cleveland Place is a £30m regeneration project that will centre around a nine screen digital cinema capable of seating 1,200 film-goers. It will also include 14 houses, 107 flats, and five commercial spaces.

The scheme is just one element of the Council’s ‘Creating a better place to live’ campaign that is committed to doing more to improve the borough’s streets, enhance Waltham Forest’s schools and provide better leisure facilities.

The Council’s ‘Creating a better place to live’ campaign is committed to improving the borough’s streets, and attracting better shops and leisure facilities. Full details of the scope of the campaign is available on the Council’s website at

The work at The Scene at Cleveland Place has included 455 piles drilled into the ground for the foundations, with each one approximately 20 metres long. It took around 850 concrete lorries to deliver the 6,800m3 concrete used in the frame of the building, and there are 900 tons of reinforcement in the concrete, which is the equivalent of 114 London double decker buses.Photo: Council Leader Chris Robbins witnesses the progress of The Scene at Cleveland Place

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