Ask Real Estate has revealed designs for its Churchill Way cinema and restaurant development at a public consultation, ahead of submitting a planning application in early 2018.
The proposals for the two-acre site opposite the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, designed by architect FaulknerBrowns, include a seven-screen cinema, and eight units for cafes, restaurants, and bars.
The existing area will be reoriented to link the development with Castle Street and Exchange Street, while there will also be a landscaped green space and a courtyard square. All the buildings on the site are intended to be single-storey to minimise the impact on neighbouring properties.
The site currently houses a 275-space car park, but the proposals for the development do not include any car parking. Following consultation with the council, the developer said existing car parking facilities in the town centre would “satisfactorily accommodate” the loss of Churchill Way’s car park.
Ask said it was “in the process of making final agreements” with an operator for the cinema, but had not confirmed any tenants for the restaurant and bar units.
The developer added a planning application for the project would be submitted in the first quarter of 2018, and subject to consent, construction work could start on site in the autumn. A main contractor is yet to be finalised for the scheme.
Following a 16-month construction programme, the development could potentially open in spring 2020.
The professional team on the project also includes Curtins, Planit IE as landscape architect, and How as planner. The public consultation closes on 20 December.
Aside from the Churchill Way regeneration, Cheshire East Council also launched a consultation into a new five-year strategy for Macclesfield earlier this year.
Broad areas suggested include the expansion of the council’s public realm improvement strategy, repurposing underused buildings and better promotion of heritage assets.
This five-year strategy by the council’s executive director of place Frank Jordan is intended to replace the council’s existing Town Centre strategy, agreed in 2014.