Modern Norwich - Entertainment
The Riverside area around the railway station and Carrow Road football ground has been transformed into lively modern shopping and leisure complex. The leisure part of the £75 million project has fast become the night time focus for youngsters and grown ups alike.
It currently boasts a nightclub (Lava, Ignite), UCI cinema, bars and restaurants such as Old Orleans, Frankie & Benny's, Squares, Norwegian Blue, Brannigans, J D Wetherspoon's, Pizza Hut, Hollywood Bowl bowling centre and the Fitness Exchange health club.
If shopping is your interest then there is the Morrisons store and the Big W superstore - Morrisons, Woolworth's, Superdrug, B&Q and Comet, all under one roof. Parking for 300+ cars is provided and the Riverside complex also has a multi-storey carpark. Further stores are planned for the site.
The Riverside walk has been extended from Foundry Bridge to Carrow Bridge and a new bridge has been built - the Novi Sad Bridge. The new bridge has been named after Norwich's twin town of Novi Sad in Yugoslavia and links Riverside with King street. Another bridge linking the Riverside's central piazza is planned, but land ownership issues remain outstanding.
Riverside will also boast a residential area and the housing ranges from flats to town houses - prices ranging from £60,000 to £350,000. The building work is likely to continue for a couple of years, but some properties are already sold and being lived in.
Norwich swimmers will be pleased to now that a municiple swimming pool is also planned for the riverside complex.