Time Square development

Work is well underway - please keep up to date with roadworks for any possible disruptions.

Latest updates

We're going to be starting work on Academy Way on Mon 18 Feb to undertake major drainage works underneath the Highway. This will be followed with associated resurfacing and landscaping works. As a result we'll be closing Academy Way at the junction of Moulders Lane and Bank Street to allow the work to take place. As a result there will be times when access is restricted to the new Time Square Multi Storey Car Park.

We anticipate the improvement works to take up to 20 weeks and unfortunately they are likely to cause disruption.

In order to mitigate an increase in potential Hackney Hire usage in the areas of Ryland Street and Barbauld Street we're proposing to trial Barbauld Street as a ‘One Way only’ traffic system from its junction of Ryland’s Street and Postern Gate in a southerly direction to see if it assists with the current concerns around the junction with Ryland Street and Barbauld Street.  The following measures have been implemented:

Barbauld Street - Introduction of a One Way system 

  • Friday – 9.00pm to 5.00am
  • Saturday -  9.00pm – 5.00am

St Austin’s Lane - Appointment of temporary stand for Hackney Carriages

  • Friday – 9.00pm to 5.00am
  • Saturday -  9.00pm – 5.00am

Barbauld Street (Friars Gate) - Appointment of temporary stand for Hackney Carriages

  • Friday – 9.00pm to 5.00am
  • Saturday -  9.00pm – 5.00am

Advanced signs are in place to advise motorists of potential disruption. Contractors are also liaising with local businesses and taxi companies to keep them fully informed, and will continue to do so throughout the works.

Map of proposed through routes and road closures


When open in 2019 the development will include a new state-of-the-art, 13 screen, 2,500 seat multiplex cinema operated by Cineworld. The project will also see the development of several restaurants, a new market hall, new council offices, a new 1300 space multi-storey car park and a new civic square.

The new temporary market was opened on 2 September 2017 by the Lord Mayor and will be home for the market traders until work is completed on the second phase of development. The second phase will see the demolition of the current market hall and the build of the new permanent £10 million, 31,150 sq. ft. market market hall as well as the construction of contemporary new offices for the council.

At no time will the market close or cease to trade.