The final preparation work before the opening of Midsummer Arcade.
A film showing the final preparation work before the opening of Midsummer Arcade.
The film starts with scenes of the interior of the ‘Intu’ part of CMK looking down at ‘Cafe Venue’. The camera continues to film the café whilst travelling down the escalator, then films workers finishing building works and cleaning and painting in this area and general shots of the space showing stairs, River Island, the entrance way and sign for East Walk and trees growing indoors. Workmen are shown finishing the entranceway.
00:05:23 the film cuts and the public are seen using the space, Pret-a-Manger and then Gap are shown in the background. The Virgin Megastore is shown and then the camera follows people into the central arcade where the oak tree can be seen. The film cuts to show men planting shrubs before cutting back to the oak tree. Builders are shown finishing a shop front.
00:08:00 The scene changes to a tour of the site, the building work is continuing in some of the units. The units shown include HSBC, Foot Locker, New Look, River Island, Elle, H&M, Charles Clinkard and Café Venue.
00:12:06 the film shows people setting up Café Venue and then cuts to outside the ‘Intu’ building where hard landscaping and paving are underway, turf arrives ready for laying and a street light is installed. A banner on the side of the Debenhams building proclaims “DEBENHAMS OPENING 26th SEPTEMBER 2000”.