Architect AHR has showcased its reworked vision for the first phase of Chester Northgate at consultation ahead of a planning application later in the spring.
AHR replaced former architect Acme on the project late last year, as first reported by Place North West, and has worked up a fresh design, ahead of an updated planning application to be submitted later in the spring.
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Cheshire West & Chester’s vision for the site, which has had planning consent since 2016, has undergone some significant changes over the past 12 months, with previous plans to build a new hotel dropped in favour of a multi-storey car park.
Designs have been revealed of the reworked market square, the interior of the proposed market, the cinema, and the multi-storey car park. Site plans and further images can be found here, where feedback on the designs can also be put forward.
CWAC and AHR will look to secure full planning permission for the car park, with changes to the other parts of the scheme submitted via a Section 73 planning application.
Consultation on the updated scheme started in late February, although no new designs were on show. The architect is showcasing its updated vision for the first phase this week at a unit within the Forum shopping centre.
Residential was also set to be added to the first phase, but it is understood this is now unlikely to come forward, with any housing on the site to be included as part of a later phase.
Subject to planning permission, enabling works are due to begin in autumn with a full start on site in early 2020. Vinci is the main contractor.
AHR lead architect Dominic Manfredi said: “A strong theme that has come out of all the stakeholder engagement and public consultation held to date is for Northgate phase one to incorporate natural elements such as green living walls to reflect the beautiful Cheshire countryside and natural timber to reflect the dominant materiality of the city.
“There has also been a strong preference to create a vibrant new destination for Chester which is extraordinary and unexpected, building upon the success of Storyhouse.”
The professional team also includes landscape architect Planit-IE, development manager Rivington Land; client-side project manager Fraser Blair Associates; construction project manager Gardiner & Theobald; cost consultant Aecom; M&E consultant Hoare Lea; highways engineer Vectos; market advisor WMC; and car park advisors Town Centre Parking.
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