Consultation events are being held in early June on the plans, which will see the town’s bus station replaced with a public service hub, while existing council offices will be demolished.
Under the proposals, Cheshire West & Chester council’s offices on Civic Way and the existing bus station will be knocked down. The new public service hub will be built on the latter site, next to the Mercer Walk entrance of the Port Arcades shopping centre.
The capital cost of the project is cited at £16m and will be supported by £7m from the Cheshire & Warrington LEP.
Council staff are set to relocate from the Civic Way offices to the new service hub once it completes; the Civic Way offices site will then be developed for housing.
Buses are set to be rerouted to a new interchange along Civic Way under the plans.
Subject to planning approval, the scheme is due to get under way later this year, with the project completing in 2021. Alongside Vinci as main contractor, Pick Everard is the architect while Avison Young is planning consultant.
Two consultation events on the designs are being held, both at the Port Arcades shopping centre. The first will take place on 1 June between 10am and 2pm, while a second will be held on 4 June in the same location and time.
Cllr Richard Beachman, cabinet member for housing, regeneration, and growth at Cheshire West & Chester Council, said: “This building will be in the heart of Ellesmere Port, providing a hub for a range of important public services including; community safety and crime prevention, housing support, employment, skills and learning guidance, welfare and benefits support, and health and wellbeing.
“All of these services will be brought together under one roof, in an open, friendly and accessible space, to make life easier for local residents.”
The proposals form part of the wider masterplan for Ellesmere Port which was signed off by the council earlier this year.
A second phase of the masterplan is to accommodate two GP surgeries and community health services in the vacant 22,000 sq ft TJ Hughes unit at 2-4 Mercer Walk; this option is currently being explored by the NHS.
The former B&M Bargains site, described as a “blight on the town centre”, is also identified for redevelopment under the masterplan and is set to be demolished, although the council warned it “may be difficult to deliver viable commercial development in the short term”. Redevelopment of this site could include food and drink uses.