Cheshire Police may relocate its town hall police station to the new five storey building under construction in Chester city centre.

The complex is already earmarked for council offices, an NHS super centre and 42 apartments in Delamere Street and George Street.

But Cheshire Police, which operates out of the basement in Chester Town Hall, is also considering moving in to the building.

Police spokeswoman Rachel Hayes said: “The move to Delamere Street is one of the options we are considering to ensure we maintain a presence in the city centre.”

Watkin Jones’ original �34m scheme comprising apartments, shops, offices, cafes, restaurants and bars was put on hold in 2009 due to market conditions.

But the new project gained permission after Cheshire West and Chester Council and NHS Western Cheshire came on board.

A major driver is to create a ‘one-stop shop’ for medical and social care services in an Integrated Health and Social Care Centre incorporating four GP practices.

Some Chester-based charities are also contemplating a move into the building, particularly those groups whose activities would align with the health and social care function.

Keith Roper of DIAL House, which supports disabled people, has looked at the premises because of uncertainty over its current Hamilton Place location due to the proposed Northgate Development. But he added: “We may sit it out here until the Northgate situation is a little clearer.”

Like the former Travelodge building opposite, the building has its critics.

John Herson, of Chester Civic Trust, has described the design as ‘monstrous’. Others have slammed the removal of GP services from communities.