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Chester's new business quarter features on drone footage

Video released as first of seven office blocks nears completion

Aerial footage has been released showing construction work at what will eventually become Chester’s new £100m Central Business Quarter as the first of seven office buildings nears completion.

The 70,000sq ft office block by Chester Railway Station, to be known as One City Place, has been developed speculatively by Muse Developments on part of a site which could accommodate about 3,500 jobs by 2028.

Rated ‘excellent’ as a sustainable building, the six storey block features a large ground floor foyer and reception area with five upper floors offering flexible office space and floor-to-ceiling glazing to allow in natural light.

The drone video also features a fly-through showing the renovation of Grade II listed rail sheds linked to the train station which will be known as ‘The Carriage Shed’. This will become a public passage from the station to the business quarter and the new building.

Phil Mayall, development director at Muse, said: “This latest footage shows the progression City Place has made over the last few months. One City Place is soon to complete and the footage gives a real taste of the journey from Chester Railway Station through stunning new public realm and into the city’s first Central Business Quarter. One City Place will breathe new life into this area of Chester and represents a new, exciting business address for the city.”

Last month, Muse Developments announced plans to submit a reserved matters planning application for 100 canal side apartments at City Place. By 2028, it is planned that City Place will offer up to 440,000 square feet of state-of-the art office space housed within seven office blocks alongside restaurants and leisure facilities.

The 100 canalside apartments would be built on the Lloyds Banking Group car park next to the Shropshire Union Canal

The scheme is part funded by a £4.8m development loan from the North West Evergreen Fund and a further £1.4m grant funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Cheshire West and Chester Council previously agreed to act as guarantor for Muse in the event the Central Business Quarter flounders.

In the event Muse fails to find enough tenants for the building, the council would rent some of the space up to a value of £11.5m.

Muse Developments is one of the country’s leading names in mixed-use development and urban regeneration. A national developer with regional operations in Leeds, Manchester, London, and Glasgow, Muse is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a UK construction and regeneration group with revenue of more than £2 billion

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