Warrington’s 550-home Wireworks to progress
Demetrius, a vehicle of developer Iliad, hopes to secure outline consent later this week for a scheme that also features a 160-bedroom hotel and 32,000 sq ft of offices.
Warrington Council has recommended approval for the Wireworks project, which has been in the pipeline for around 18 years.
Iliad’s scheme, located off land bounded by Winwick Street, Dallam Lane and Tanners Lane, features 550 homes across three blocks and a fourth office building.
The breakdown of the development is as follows:
- Block A – nine/10 storeys, 345 apartments and 12,000 sq ft of commercial space
- Block B – 10/7 storeys, 175 apartments, 160 hotel rooms and 5,000 sq ft of commercial space
- Block C – six storeys, 30 apartments
- Block D – seven storeys and 15,000 sq ft of offices
Plans for the redevelopment of the three-acre site go back as far as 2005 when the Winwick Partnership, comprising Iliad and Modus, submitted proposals for more than 600 apartments, 56,000 sq ft of offices and a hotel, along with a 1,000-plus space car park.
That application was approved in 2007 but a start on site did not materialise.
Revised plans designed by Tim Groom Architects emerged in 2019 featuring a 17-storey building at the northeastern corner of the site.
The following year, the developer reduced the height of the scheme in response to pushback from Warrington Council.
Wireworks last appeared in front of Warrington’s planning committee in August 2020 when it was deferred so that the height concerns could be addressed.
Layer.studio is the landscape architect and Zerum is the planning consultant.
To find out more about this application, search Warrington Council’s planning portal using reference number 2019/35548.