Earlier design for revamped Royal Arcade

Crewe town centre proposals sought

Cheshire East Council is conducting a formal market-testing exercise to weigh up development options for the town centre of Crewe including bus station and Royal Arcade shopping centre.

The council is asking experienced developers to recommend commercially viable proposals for the site and delivery options. Expressions of interest from potential developers are sought by 31 July. The council is planning to host an event for interested developers on 16 July.

In May, the council paid £6m to buy the 97,000 sq ft Royal Arcade from Redefine International for £6m. The site includes the bus station currently operated by Arriva, which has given notice to cease operations from 1 May 2016 when the current lease expires. The council said “in the short term there is a need to identify an interim replacement bus interchange facility in the town centre.”

The town centre development area has “great potential” the council notice said. The site was proposed for redevelopment under the Delamere Place project put forward by Brendan Flood’s Modus prior to the firm’s collapse at the start of the recession.

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