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Chester Northgate’s new square and arcade named

15 November 2021

The names for the new square and arcade at the city's Northgate development can now be revealed.

A shortlist of four for each – whittled down from more than 800 suggestions – had been put forward for the public to choose from.

Over 5,500 votes were cast online over five weeks to select the winning names.

The winners are:

Coachworks Arcade

In recognition that there has been a coachworks on the Northgate site since 1870, the current façade was built in 1914, (formerly the Chester Library building between 1984 - 2017) and outside on Northgate Street was also the coach stop for tours and excursions into the 1970s. The original 1914 Westminster Coach & Motor Car Works façade is being restored into a new arcade and will provide a stunning arched entrance into the development.

Exchange Square

After the name of the original Market building opened in 1698 that was located in Market Square, very near to the Northgate site and opposite the Cathedral. The costs of its construction were shared between the town council, the King, William III, and a number of prominent Chester traders. It was a grand building with an open piazza, coffee house and shops on the ground floor, and upper rooms that included a banqueting room, a court room, and a council chamber. Sadly, the building burnt down on 30 December 1862.

The wining names will be incorporated into the fabric of the Northgate scheme when it opens next year.

Read more at: Chester Standard