Warrington resi block revealed
Developer City Centre projects has unveiled CGIs of its £15m apartment block on Mersey Street, after submitting a planning application in December.
If the nine-storey scheme is approved, it would become one of Warrington town centre’s tallest residential scheme. The tallest existing scheme in the whole of Warrington borough is a 12-storey council block called Peninsular House in Orford, North Warrington.
Another scheme, designed by Tim Groom Architects and yet to be taken forward, proposed a 17-storey residential block with 550 apartments, a hotel and 30,000 sq ft of offices. The Wireworks proposals were based on plans put forward 15 years ago by Iliad and then-partner Modus.
The Mersey Street scheme has been designed by Falconer Chester Hall, and aims to deliver 80 apartments and what the developer believes is Warrington’s first roof garden.
The building would also house two ground floor commercial units and four car parking spaces, with negotiations underway with the local authority to lease an additional 85 spaces at its neighbouring multi-storey car park. Design features of the block include aluminium cladding, bronze aluminium windows and perforated panels.
The scheme is expected to be considered by the council’s planning committee in early spring.
Geoff Underhill, company solicitor and spokesperson for City Centre Projects, said: “We know Warrington can support this level of specification. It’s designed to match the quality of the regeneration going on around it,” referencing the £140m Bridge Street mixed-use project to the rear of the development.
Mike Gore, director at Falconer Chester Hall, said: “At nine storeys it would be the tallest residential block in Warrington, and aim to match the scale and massing of the new buildings being developed around it.
“The proposed scale isn’t just efficient and appropriate, it’s a statement of Warrington’s ambition. We’ve designed it to be in line with the ambitions outlined in the council’s recent town centre masterplan.”
Zerum is the planning consultant on the scheme.