Cheshire West & Chester Council has set a deadline of 13 February to appoint a project manager and quantity surveyor to the professional team tasked with delivering the long-awaited Northgate scheme.
The local authority has placed a contract notice inviting tenders, stressing that no single bidder will be appointed to both lots. The duration of each contract is five years.
The £300m mixed-use scheme was approved by the local authority in September 2016. Since then, GVA’s compulsory purchase department has joined the professional team, as well as funding advisor Strutt & Parker.
JLL and architect ACME are both advising Rivington Land, the council’s development partner.
Within Northgate, the Storyhouse cultural centre is due to open in early 2017, and is to be complemented with a cinema operated by Picturehouse, which agreed terms in September.
Northgate has been in the pipeline for over a decade, having gone through two failed development agreements with ING and Scottish Widows. A new masterplan emerged in 2011, which was reworked after Rivington was appointed in 2014.