AGREEMENT has been reached on two major development projects that will change the face of Warrington.
The borough council has agreed to work with Langtree plc in a joint venture partnership to develop the Southern Gateway regeneration scheme – which will reshape a significant area around Bridge Foot, including the approached from Wilderspool Causeway, Chester Road and Knutsford Road.
This scheme will provide new homes, offices, retail outlets and includes plans to create riverside promenades along the River Mersey corridor, Wharf Industrial Estate and Marshall Gardens.
At the same time, councillor has also agreed the contract for the total regeneration of Bridge Street and Time Square with urban regeneration specialists Muse Developments.
This will include a cinema, a relocated Market Hall, leisure facilities, shops, cafes and much more.
The two projects are part of the “Warrington Means Business” programme, developed by the borough council and Warrington and Co.
They aim to boost economic growth and unleash the potential of Warrington’s people, its businesses and its location, promoting the town’s status as an economic powerhouse.
Leader of the council Terry O’Neill said: “We are delighted to announce that Langtree will be joining us on our regeneration journey and we look forward to delivering these innovative projects with both Langtree and Muse as our partners.
“These schemes form the foundations of the bright future we are building for the people of Warrington. They are a key part of our overall plans and are set to be economic drivers for the town injecting much needed investment and delivering a wide range of facilities for residents.
“The council wants to give the town centre a new heart and focus and we feel these plans will make it a more attractive place for residents to live and work in and boost everyone’s pride in the whole town.
“Along with the latest announcement about the first deal for the Omega site, these developments highlight that Warrington means business as we embark on this significant chapter in the development of our town.”
John Downes, group chief executive for Langtree said: “Langtree has committed a significant amount of investment in Warrington over the past two years as we believe that the town is very well placed to grow its economic base. Also, seeing the focus, commitment and willingness to engage with business from the council to drive the local economy forward made that investment decision easier to make.”
Regional development director for Muse Mike Horner added: “This is one of the most exciting regeneration opportunities in the North West, and we’re looking forward to working with the council to transform the Bridge Street Quarter.”
Picture: How a new market square might look.