First look at proposed Bank Quay hotel

This is how Clifford Christian Estates’ seven-storey, 126-bedroom hotel next to Warrington Bank Quay station would look if delivered at the emerging hub.

“The site is only a few hundred metres from the station within an established and pleasant landscaped commercial setting so it’s the perfect place for a new hotel,” explained Geoff Underhill, company solicitor and spokesperson for Clifford Christian Estates.

“It’s on the main commuter link from the south of the town and ideally situated for businesses meeting clients arriving by train.”

He noted that, should permission be granted, the hotel would benefit from the opening of the Centre Park link road alongside the site, designed to ease traffic flow around the busy southern gateway to the town centre.

Clifford Christian Estates has submitted an application for outline planning consent to deliver the new property, which it says will support the local council’s aspirations to see a major commercial hub spring up around an extended and improved Bank Quay Station, from where trains to London depart.

The site is currently used as a 104-space surface car park, with Underhill noting that a hotel would offer a much more economically advantageous use of scarce land.

“The development would provide 42 full time jobs when complete and help retain hotel business in the town centre, supporting the council’s efforts to bolster Warrington’s evening economy. Hotels are great generators of footfall for local restaurants and bars.”

The building’s ground floor would be used for reception, office and business space with the six upper floors having 21 bedrooms each.

The hotel would be accessed from Slutchers Lane, which leads directly to Bank Quay station.

Should consent be granted, work is expected to begin on site in summer 2021, with completion expected in 2022.

The scheme has been designed by the Manchester studio of Falconer Chester Hall. The planning consultants is Zerum. Mark Benjamin of Abacus Solicitors in Stockton Heath acted for the developer.

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