Vinci wins first phase of £300m Chester Northgate scheme

Aaron Morby 6 years ago
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Cheshire West and Chester Council has named Vinci Construction preferred bidder to deliver a £300m retail-led, mixed-use scheme in the Northgate area of Chester.

Phase one is focussed around the market square
Phase one is focussed around the market square

Vinci will initially work up designs under a pre-construction agreement starting in Autumn 2019 for the £60m first phase of the scheme. This will include a modern market, six-screen cinema, restaurants, a public square and car parking.

The Chester Northgate Scheme aims to deliver around 400,000 sq ft of new retail, restaurant and leisure facilities, planned to be delivered over two phases of construction.

Hunters walk arcade

Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, Councillor Brian Clarke, said: “Chester Northgate is the largest project the city has seen in decades. Our aim is to secure Chester’s position as a visitor destination for years to come. Northgate is at the heart of our ambitions for Chester and it’s essential that we maintain the current momentum.”

Vinci will also provide key advice prior to the construction phase to make sure the build meets potential tenant requirements and provides the best value for money.

John Roberts, regional director of Vinci Construction UK said: “This is the next positive step towards the redevelopment of the Northgate area of Chester. Being named preferred bidder will enable us to strengthen our existing community links in the surrounding area.”

As part of the next stage of the development, the council will be fully engaging with local businesses and residents, working in partnership with the Chester Growth Partnership. There will be significant consultation in the months to come which will allow the community and stakeholders the opportunity to shape the future of this part of the city.

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Market Square – looking towards the market and the cinema above

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