The council has published a video outlining the extent of its £180m plan to regenerate the town centre, including proposals for an HS2 hub station, the £48m Royal Arcade leisure development and an art history research hub opposite the town hall.
Pipeline projects in Crewe include:
- The redevelopment of the train station to create an HS2 hub featuring more than 3m sq ft of commercial space
- A £5m project to repurpose Christ Church on Prince Albert Street as part of plans to create a digital campus
- The £3m revamp of the market hall, to open in spring 2021
- A £10m art history research hub opposite the town hall on the site of the town’s former library
- The creation of additional digital workspace within the town hall
- The £48m redevelopment of the Royal Arcade into a leisure-led complex, featuring an eight-screen Empire cinema, being delivered by the council’s development partner Peveril Securities
- Road improvements to boost connectivity, reduce traffic congestion and encourage walking and cycling around the town
- The creation of an outdoor performance space in Lyceum Square
- A 450-space multistorey car park and a bus interchange that are due to open in 2023.
Cllr Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “For much of 2020 the council’s overriding focus has been dealing with the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“But it is great news that while faced with difficult circumstances, much has still been achieved to push ahead with Crewe’s transformation.
“We strive to see Crewe become a town that is accessible to all, with new business and employment opportunities, housing, and a vibrant day and nighttime economy, all underpinned by a dynamic cultural strategy.
“We want to put Crewe firmly on the map and continue to attract inward investment and economic opportunities.”
Completed projects that form part of the wider town centre vision include the Lifestyle Centre, completed in 2016, and the University Technical College, which opened the following year.
In January, the council plans to submit a bid for up to £25m from the Government’s Towns Fund to support the delivery of pipeline projects.
Meanwhile, the council is awaiting the outcome of its £20m Future High Street Fund bid.