Vinci gets nod for £300m Chester shopping centre

Aaron Morby 1 year ago
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Cheshire West and Chester Council have given the green light to the first phase plans for a £300m retail-led, mixed-use scheme in the Northgate area of the city.

Chester Northgate shopping centre plan
Chester Northgate shopping centre plan

Preferred contractor Vinci will now sign a contract to build the council-funded scheme with a view to starting work in January on the new leisure destination, in the heart of the city centre.

Planners gave unanimous support for the detailed designs for a new indoor market, public square, Picturehouse cinema and an arcade within the former library building.

The council committee also approved the inclusion of a multi-storey car park as part of the £60m first phase of development.

Plans for the new multi-storey car park

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

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth said: “Planning approval for the first phase of the Northgate development is a welcome milestone in a long and complex journey towards building a brand new leisure destination in the heart of Chester.

“This is long-awaited and much needed investment in this part of our city centre and it will have a positive impact for residents, local businesses and the local economy with the creation of new jobs and new work for local suppliers.”

Planned new restaurant hub in the old library building

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