Plans have been revealed to build up to 190,000 sq ft of offices and business space south of Wilmslow town centre on a site allocated for development by Cheshire East Council.
Designed by architect AEW as an “exemplar” business park for landowner A & HD Wain, the outline proposals feature up to 185,000 sq ft of office or commercial floorspace along with 5,000 sq ft for amenity use.
Designed around a central spine road, accessed via the A34, outline plans include a series of office blocks reaching a maximum of four storeys. These are all at outline stage, with further details and designs depending on tenant demand and a future detailed planning application.
The site is roughly opposite Royal London’s existing campus to the south of the town centre, and is bordered by the West Coast Main Line and the A34. While the whole site is allocated for employment or business use under Cheshire East’s Local Plan, the application covers the southern half of the site, with a future development plot set aside to the north.
Under the outline plans, there are four development plots and a multi-storey car park with nearly 600 spaces, along with a centrally-located park and green space, along with another park situated to the north of the site.
Phil Hepworth, director at AEW, said: “We designed a masterplan that will set the principles for an accessible, vibrant and sustainable business community. Generous landscaping, amenity space, cycle hub and shared facilities are at the heart of the development, which will provide a focal point to the office park.
“These high-quality, exemplar workplaces with health and wellbeing high on the agenda, would help attract and retain the best staff. We were delighted to be part of the team, working with a forward-thinking client and building on our experience of master planning and out of town commercial office developments”
Avison Young also advised on the planning application; Emma Williams, principal planner said: “We are delighted to have worked on this exciting project which will assist in delivering an innovative new business park on this important strategic site in Wilmslow which has been ear-marked for development by Cheshire East for several years.
“We promoted and secured the sites removal from the Green Belt and allocation for employment in Cheshire East Council’s Local Plan and the submission of the outline planning application is the first step to realising the sites potential to accommodate an exemplar office development which will offer innovative technologies, ancillary amenity space and an attractive landscaped setting to its future occupants.
The professional team also includes Meller Speakman, Randall Thorp, Vectos, Tyler Grange, and TDP.