First units completed at Riverside North, Bedford

27 April 2017

Bedford Borough Council, its development partners Linkcity (formerly Bouygues Development) and Coplan Estates, and main contractor Bouygues UK have celebrated the first completions at Riverside North, the new mixed-use development in Bedford’s town centre.

The cinema, hotel and first restaurant units have been completed and handed over to operators Vue, Premier Inn, Coal Bar & Grill, Miller & Carter, Bella Italia and Gourmet Burger Kitchen, who will all now begin their fit outs. The first of these is expected to open to the public in the coming months with further openings this summer. Other brands confirmed for Riverside North include Wagamama and MEXIco, the latest brand from the Prezzo group.

The remaining restaurants, apartments and public spaces are all now in their final stages of development and residents and operators will take occupation in phases over the coming two months, in line with the expected timetable.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:
“The handover of the first completed units is another exciting step for Riverside North, which is bringing new investment, new jobs and new reasons to visit and enjoy Bedford Town Centre.  Old Council office blocks and car parking have been transformed into a new development which supports our vision of a town centre attractive for retail and also for leisure, culture, food and drink and more.”

Nicolas Guérin, Managing Director of Linkcity, said:
“We are pleased to have worked with the council and our partners at Coplan Estates to bring this mixed-use development to life. We are pleased to be welcoming some great new brands to Bedford as we complete the project in phases over the coming weeks.”

Dominic Rowell, Commercial Director UK & Ireland at Vue Entertainment, said:
“We are delighted to be bringing Vue to Bedford. The seven screen, 935 seat venue will see us bring the best big-screen experience – as well as new job opportunities – to the town and enhance the appeal of a visit to Riverside North.”

The town’s existing retailers – including local independents – are also welcoming the project’s completion. Jessica Answer, owner of The Vintage Suit Hire Company, said:
“Riverside North will raise the profile of Bedford and make it a more attractive offering to those people who live nearby but would otherwise head over to Milton Keynes, Northampton or Cambridge for a trip to the cinema or a meal out. The new development will bring more people shopping and eating in Bedford, which can only help independent businesses. Riverside North is breathing life into an area of the town which has previously been unloved; the increase in jobs available for local people will boost employment and subsequently the economy of Bedford.”

Those living in the town are also looking forward to the new amenities at Riverside North opening in the summer. Local resident Oliver Bridge said:
“Having recently moved to Bedford from London to enjoy a better quality of life, we’re excited by the new cinema and restaurants coming to Riverside North, which will broaden the town’s range of dining and entertainment options. Bedford’s appeal is really growing and we’re hopeful that these new places to go, combined with the town’s existing offering and fantastic independent retailers, will encourage some of our friends to consider moving here too.”
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Notes to Editors

About Linkcity

Linkcity is the new brand for the team formerly known as Bouygues Development.
Linkcity is the property development company of Bouygues UK.
Being part of the Bouygues group enables Linkcity to combine global strength with a local focus
Linkcity has around 20 developments across the UK, with a gross development value in excess of £1.3 billion.
It develops across all sectors, including residential, commercial, retail and leisure, mixed-use, student accommodation and regeneration projects.
Linkcity creates vibrant, connected places that aim to improve the quality of life of the people who live, work or spend time in them.
It focuses on people, places and planet to create sustainable developments that contribute to healthier and happier lives, more resilient communities and a better world for future generations.
Further information is available at

About Coplan Estates

Coplan Estates was established in 2006 and has extensive property development experience, primarily focused on the London and South East Region.
Coplan Estates’ main areas of activity is the delivery of complex mixed use projects, in partnership with the public sector, and Private Rented Sector to develop schemes located by strategic transport hubs.
Coplan Estates is currently delivering projects, in partnership with Bedford Borough Council, Canterbury City Council and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council.

About Bouygues UK

Bouygues UK is one of the country’s leading construction companies.
It focuses on sectors where it can add value through the technical expertise, skills and experience of Bouygues UK and the wider global Bouygues Group. These include residential (including social housing, the private rented sector, private for sale homes, mixed-use, care homes and student accommodation); and education (ranging from nursery schools through to higher education) as well as technically complex projects across sectors where the company’s expertise can be maximised.
Bouygues UK provides intelligent management throughout the entire life-cycle of each project, delivering efficiently and to an excellent standard.
Bouygues UK combines a local focus with international strength and expertise: the company is wholly owned by Bouygues Bâtiment International, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, a global player in construction and services.
In 2015, Bouygues Construction and its 50,000 employees generated sales of €12 billion.

About Vue UK

Vue Entertainment (Vue UK & Ireland) is a leader in out-of-home entertainment and the big screen experience.

Vue has 85 state of the art cinemas throughout the UK and Ireland, with 813 screens projecting in Sony Digital Cinema 4K for ultra high definition pictures. Vue offer stadium seating, VIP seats and luxurious recliners alongside a range of content, in addition to highly anticipated blockbusters. With event cinema titles including opera, ballet, musicals, national theatre, live streaming of sporting events and concerts through to hosting Gaming championships and dedicating multiple screens to eGaming arenas Vue is well known for providing the most innovative cinematic experience.

Vue UK and Ireland was founded following the acquisition of the Warner Village Cinemas in 2003 and is part of the leading cinema group Vue International. The group spans ten countries with 211 sites, 1,879 screens, over 8,500 staff and 90m customers where Vue is widely recognised as the most operationally efficient and technically advanced exhibitor in the industry.