The building is located close to the CWAC's £70m Northgate scheme. Credit: via SpacePR

Chester redevelopment opportunity surfaces 

Offers in excess of £2.5m are being sought for 77 Northgate, a 27,500 sq ft office block in the city centre. 

The building’s owner, housing association Sanctuary Group, has appointed CBRE to market the five-storey property, which could be redeveloped subject to planning approval. 

Previously used as a call centre, the building could be converted to accommodate a range of different uses including: 

  • A 73-bed boutique hotel  
  • A 96-bed budget hotel 
  • A supported housing/care development with up to 26 units 
  • 26 apartments with ground floor commercial unit and roof terrace.  

While the building is not listed, it is located next to 73 Northgate, a grade two-listed property. 

Also nearby is Cheshire West and Chester Council’s £70m Northgate scheme, a new retail and leisure development, featuring a market hall, cinema, public square and a multi-storey car park. 

Shaun Skidmore, senior director at CBRE said: “We are delighted to bring to market this prime development opportunity in the heart of the cathedral city of Chester which offers a wealth of historical and cultural heritage.   

“It offers a range of exciting alternative uses for potential investors including hotel, residential, healthcare and retirement. Chester has a contemporary edge with a modern infrastructure, as well as a vibrant economy, an innovative enterprise community and is underdoing significant revival.” 

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An abusively ugly building in one of Europe’s loveliest historical cities. Good riddance. Let’s hope the developers liaise with Chester’s civic society to replace it with something that enhances the townscape rather than merely exploiting it.

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