Ambitious plans for the biggest redevelopment of Perth city centre in a generation will be unveiled later this month.
Designers are poised to release fresh details of a £30 million investment in the heart of the Fair City.
The landmark Mill Quarter development aims to bring restaurants, bars and a multiplex cinema to the rundown Thimblerow car park site.
There are also plans for new shops, a gym and student accommodation.
York-based Expresso Property has submitted a notice to Perth and Kinross Council outlining its intention to put forward a planning application in the coming months.
To gauge local views on the plan, details will be unveiled to the public at a consultation exercise on Tuesday December 15. Feedback from the session will be used by project leaders when drawing up their planning bid.
The plan is being produced by Glasgow firm Holmes Miller Architects, which also designed Scotland’s newest prison at Peterhead.
According to brief details submitted to council planners, the complex will include a 21,400sq ft cinema, with around 31,100sq ft set aside for retail.
The student housing block will include 122 beds and there are also plans for a 200-space multi-storey car park.
Expected to create more than 150 jobs, as well as 350 construction and supply posts, the development could bring around 300,000 visitors to the city each year.
The project was secured by Perth and Kinross Council with help from collaborative marketing undertaken by the Scottish Cities Alliance, a partnership between Scotland’s seven cities and the Scottish Government.
Announcing the plan earlier this year, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “If Scotland’s cities thrive, so too does the rest of the country.
“By providing a unique new destination for restaurants, retail and leisure, the Mill Quarter development will boost the local economy by creating jobs and attracting visitors to the area.”
Councillor John Kellas, convener of the council’s enterprise and infrastructure committee, added: “As the population grows, a development of this nature further establishes Perth as a city in which to invest, work and live in.”
Developer Nicholas Robinson of Expresso was unavailable to comment. He originally stated, if approved, the project could become a reality in late 2017 or the beginning of the following year.