CREWE’S landmark clock tower looks set to be demolished as part of the town centre regeneration project.
It’s out with the old and in with the new as property developer Modus yesterday confirmed it plans to knock down the historic landmark to fit in with its 21st century designs for the town.
It plans to replace it with a modern clock tower.
Work on the 450,000sq ft ‘Delamere Place’ is due to begin next year, incorporating about 40 shops, bars and restaurants to be anchored by retail giant Debenhams.
There will be 200 residential units and an 80,000sq ft office tower with 800-space car park.
Modus spokeswoman Louise Gresty confirmed the plans, saying: ‘The existing clock tower will be demolished as part of the development and a modern interpretation of a new clock tower provided as part of the new scheme.
‘The scheme elevation design is only at concept design stage and we intend to develop it further for later this year or early next year.’
Fears had been raised regarding the future of the tower rising above Queensway overlooking the whole area, and this latest revelation is sure to ignite the fire of the town’s people.
However, council leader Brian Silvester insisted that nothing is definite, and that any plans to demolish the tower would first have to be approved by the borough council.
He said: ‘We will need to speak to the developers on this. The borough council still has input on the matter, and we have to receive a detailed plan before we give any permission.
‘I think it will be useful to get the views of local people, and whether they think what’s already there should be replaced. We would then take those views into account.’