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Firms lining up to take offices in £100m Chester hub

Six-storey office scheme is at the heart of the new Central Business Quarter

 

Developers behind a six-storey office scheme at the heart of Chester’s under-construction £100m Central Business Quarter have already found tenants for just under half the space.

The 70,000 sq ft of office space by Chester Railway Station, known as One City Place, is being developed speculatively by Muse Developments and represents the first of seven buildings which could accommodate a total of about 3,500 jobs by 2028.

The BREEAM ‘excellent’ rated building for about 700 employees and due for completion in November, will feature a large ground floor foyer and reception area with five upper floors offering flexible office space and floor-to-ceiling glazing to allow for natural light.

And work has just started on remodelling part of the Grade II-listed Chester Railway Station building and former rail car park to create a new landscaped attractive public realm area and gateway from the station into the Central Business Quarter.

An computer generated image of the Chester Business Quarter near Chester Railway Station

Muse development director Phil Mayall is pleased with commercial interest in the first office building including from financial and professional services companies.

“I can’t name names but if the deals came off it would mean the building would be half let, which is fantastic,” said Phil, who explained that potential occupiers were attracted by the quality of the building including energy efficiency – meaning lower heating bills – and the flexible nature of the space, plus its accessible location next to the train station.

“Lastly, but just as importantly, we’ve got the Waitrose opening and the canal bridge link opening, so we know the staff can get their provisions or whatever,” he added.

 

The ‘lift core’ of the building has already been completed from which the steel framework will be hung, meaning the public is likely to see rapid progress over coming months as the development takes shape.

Work has now commenced on hard landscaping, tree and flower bed planting, lighting and the installation of street furniture running from the Central Business Quarter gateway from the station to One City Place.

When complete, the whole business quarter will include 200 homes, restaurants and leisure facilities as well as car parking for the station, offices and residents.

Works have already been carried out by the council, in partnership with Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales, to relocate the rail car park to the east of Chester Railway Station. The new 193 space car park for customers and staff is now located on land bounded by the rear of the Queen Hotel and Queen’s Road.

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