Meanwhile uses for the site are now being explored. Credit: via planning documents

VIDEO | Cheshire East showcases Crewe vision

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.

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They say this but yet CEC can’t complete the Macclesfield town centre regeneration.

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They say this but yet CEC can’t complete the Macclesfield town centre regeneration, when will they start and complete this? Crewe seems to be having all this investment whilst the second largest town is missing out and dwindling

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About time

By PHILIP Latham

Looks beautiful you shud all be so proud off you self’s it will be amazing when it is finally all finished

By Lorraine welch

High Quality Green spaces PLEASE.

By Max Entropy

This town centre development is boring, unimaginative and mundane.
Please please do not impose this monstrous grey blight on the town.
Scrap this plan and get creative architects with vision to submit designs.
Make Crewe a place to visit not a place to pass through and leave.

By Richard Goodwin

Why no view of the proposed £80,000000 flyover from Weston Rd to Gresty road.
This total waste of money will dump traffic from a commercial area into a residential area creating high pollution levels for the residents to suffer. The council refuse to tell the residents where the traffic will go after or they have no plan.They have a legal obligation to put forward plans for Crewe people to comment on yet they refuse to let people know what they are doing, Why?

By Richard Goodwin

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