Resi plans lodged in Wrexham

Hindle Property Investments has put forward a proposal for 13 apartments with two ground floor retail units in The Markets area of Wrexham town centre, in a scheme designed by Studio KMA.

The Henblas Street site sits within a conservation area, and previously housed the 1909-built Hippodrome cinema, which was fire-damaged in 2008 and subsequently demolished as part of a 2009 retail planning consent.

Studio KMA’s design, now submitted to Wrexham Council, includes 5,109 sq ft of residential space, including 10 studio apartments and three one-bedroom apartments over two upper floors, with 5,190 sq ft of retail at ground floor. The firm said that the design approach demonstrates an appropriate human scale of development, respectful of the surrounding buildings and materials as well as seeking to strengthen the historic urban grain within The Markets area.

Craig Welsh, associate at Delph-based Studio KMA, said: “It’s been rewarding working on such a significant site in the centre of Wrexham, given its historic context, and working alongside the local authority to achieve their aspirations. We received very positive feedback during the consultation phase for the scheme from both the local authority and users of the town centre.

Studio KMA has several ongoing projects in North Wales including a luxury residential redevelopment in northern Anglesey, a retail scheme in Denbigh and a recent instruction for the redevelopment of the Maes Mynnan Hall in Flintshire

Martin Planning has also advised Wigan-based Hindle on the Wrexham project.

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I don’t know really as not living in the area anymore. There is no substance in Wrexham since main Shopping has moved out to Eagles Meadow. They should return back. On a lighter note I can see what you are trying to do, however do you need more Housing as whole area is like a Concrete Jungle around Wrexham and in much of the surrounding area. Many of these Houses and flats are empty!! I don’t think enough thought is being put into the Scheme as
such, as building yet again is in desperation. It will give you a tax base and Contractors more work of course. There is a need to bring more Shops into the Centre area. Wrexham Centre is too broken up. Look at Mold for example. It is quint and a joy to visit, having kept most of the original Shops, same goes for Oswestry. These may change in time but at least they are trying to keep it interesting and it does encourage more people to visit and spend Money. I know this is difficult but I think Eagles Meadow is not very appealing . Chester and other mayor Cities are not that far away, so have Wrexham Shops more central then maybe you will have more people visiting. Respectfully submitted.

By Val

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