Kier has been named as the preferred bidder for the build of a £7.2 million 360-degree immersive cinema in the UK, the first of its kind in Europe.
The construction work will transform a grade II-listed hall in Plymouth into a blockbuster venue that will screen films, concerts and sports matches to 150 visitors.
Work on the 15-metres in diameter structure will commence this spring.
Kier’s managing director Anthony Irving said: “This innovative cinema experience at Market Hall is the first of its kind in Europe and we are thrilled to play a part in making Plymouth a national leader in digital innovation.”
Developer Real Ideals Organisation (RIO) will be responsible for the overall delivery of the project. RIO’s chief executive Lindsey Hall said: “We’re delighted to be working with Kier to turn our vision for the Market Hall into a reality.
“The expertise of the Kier team, having handled other high profile cultural developments, will play a key role in creating a truly world-class centre for immersive technologies, with an iconic cinematic VR experience.
“We’re looking forward to breaking ground in the coming weeks and getting this incredibly exciting landmark project underway.”