New-look plans have been approved to create a residential scheme based around Chester ’s historic 18th century shot tower and former lead works.
Cheshire developer Whitecroft Group was originally granted planning consent in August 2016 for 65 one, two and three-bed apartments at the Boughton site.
But the revised scheme will comprise 54 one and two-bedroom apartments, 15 two and three-bedroom duplex apartments and three four-bedroom townhouses.
The new aesthetic combines a ‘unique mix’ of industrial and contemporary architecture more in keeping with the historic setting which should go some way towards appeasing previous detractors.
David Giovanni, managing director at Whitecroft Group, comments: “After listening to feedback from local stakeholders, we’re incredibly happy with the new plans. We really wanted to be sympathetic to the heritage of the site whilst ensuring that it met the needs of modern homeowners, with open-plan living and contemporary features.
“The scale of this project is extraordinary and there is nothing else in Chester of this prominence or quality. We’ve already had an influx of enquiries for the three four-bedroom townhouses which will be sensational.”
The development will significantly transform the former manufacturing site, positioned opposite the multi-million-pound, RIBA nominated Waitrose .
And the tower will undergo extensive repair work to restore and future-proof the structure. And more than £15,000 will be spent solely on a new home for protected peregrine falcons which roost in the tower.
Latest visual plans incorporate a red brick construction to complement the Grade II* listed tower, coupled with a striking grey aluminium outer face to the east and a warm copper coloured metal to the west. Whitecroft says these new features ‘reflect the true industrial working heritage of the site’ and sympathetically blend with the connecting bridge across to Waitrose.
Mr Giovanni added: “We really want to set a clear benchmark in design for upcoming developments in the city. Everything from the build quality and aesthetics, to internal layout and functionality, has been carefully planned to ensure these homes are phenomenal. This is a landmark site for Chester and a stand-out development for us. We’re excited to see the project to completion.”
Demolition and various enabling works have already been undertaken. Construction is expected to commence in the next few weeks.