The site is located in the historic city of Chester, within 300 metres walking distance from the existing city centre retail core around Northgate Street, Eastgate Street, Watergate Street and Bridge Street.
The development at Chester Northgate will provide an urban renewal project which will transform the north west area of the city centre with new retail, leisure (i.e. a hotel, a market, a new cinema and food/beverage units) and employment opportunities accessed via a network of open shopping streets, parades and plazas integrating with the surrounding city centre environment. A number of residential units are also proposed.
Being a historic city, Chester has a number of significant archaeological remains within and around the Northgate development site. As such, extreme care was required in the design of the structures, highways and services so as not to impact upon significant archaeology.
There are also a number of key stakeholders within the vicinity of the site who were consulted in relation to land acquisitions as well as stopping-up and creation of new highways.
The team at Vectos worked proactively with the Project Team for a period of 18 months providing technical highways advice and masterplan support. Extensive consultation was coordianted with officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council regarding the scope of assessment and requirements for network traffic modelling of the inner ring road. The design input and consultation culminated in the preparation of a comprehensive Transport Assessment, Framework Travel Plan and Transportation Chapter within the Environmental Statement. Support was also provided at a number of Public Exhibition events.