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Work commences on Chester Northgate scheme

25 June 2020

Cheshire West and Chester Council held a sod cutting ceremony to mark the start of the long awaited £70m Northgate scheme in Chester city centre.

The Council agreed to continue with funding for the scheme to ensure Chester bounces back from the pandemic and to provide a catalyst for post Covid-19 recovery that will create jobs, boost the visitor economy and drive economic growth.

The sod cutting marks the start of the main building works on site, on a scheme that has been many decades in the making.

Part of Chester’s One City Plan, Chester Northgate is a new cultural and leisure destination. Set to open in early 2022; the scheme will include an arched arcade from the former library frontage into a new public square, an indoor market hall – relocated from the Forum, a six screen cinema, cafes and restaurants, co-working office spaces and a multi-storey car park to replace the Market car park which will close once Northgate is completed.

The Council is working with its contractor Vinci Construction, to ensure the project is built following government guidance on social distancing and construction site working.

Chester Northgate is the most significant development in Chester for decades and has been designed to transform the city’s historic core, supporting the whole city to thrive. It is the next phase in the regeneration of the entire Northgate area following the creation of the award-winning Storyhouse cultural centre in 2017.

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