This is a major opportunity in the city centre to create a
vibrant and distinctive new Business Quarter located immediately
east and south of the railway station. Through a series of
development proposals, the area has the potential to be transformed
with high quality proposals to drive economic growth and transform
Chester City Centre’s commercial offer. The site has the capacity
to deliver 500,000 square feet of new office space and create over
1,100 new jobs. This will bring economic benefit for the city,
borough and across the Cheshire and Warrington sub region.
The primary ambition for the area is to create a sustainable
commercial new quarter of the city with high quality office space
alongside complementary active uses, residential use and new public
spaces. Being located immediately adjacent to Chester Railway
Station provides strong sustainable connectivity with all major
national cities. The historic character of the area and its close
proximity to the city centre adds greatly to its attractiveness, as
does the Shropshire Union Canal which runs east to west through the
centre of the Quarter. The site already has a major employer in
Lloyds Banking Group located in it as their Chester
The Development Framework and Vision for the area was approved
by Cheshire West and Chester Council Executive in September 2010.
This document sets the standards and guiding principles for
development within the proposed Quarter and will be a material
consideration in any planning decisions within the area. It is
available to download here.
Delivery will be private sector led, but in strong partnership
with the Council and its partners. There are three key developments
within the Quarter, each brought forward by separate developers.
These are being jointly co-ordinated through Chester Renaissance
and the Council. They are:
Shot Tower and Former Leadworks - a residential
led re-development of one of Chester's key historical sites led by
Neptune Developments in partnership with Chester & District
Housing Trust (CDHT).
Waitrose Scheme - The supermarket chain plans
to create a new store and hotel on the site of the former Boughton
Retail Centre. There will also be improved public realm and a
new bridge over the canal, connecting with the Shot Tower area and
Commercial Business District - Muse
Developments are progressing with the outline Masterplan and detail
for Phase 1, to include the first office building (c. 70,000 sq ft)
and public realm linking it with the station.
Details for each of the schemes have progressed well over the
last 18 months and subject to permissions, the first phases are
expected to be completed by 2015. The whole Quarter is a major
development and the proposals for the full development will take up
to 15 years to achieve.