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Demolition of landmark buildings approved

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PLANS for the demolition of landmark buildings in Warrington town centre to make way for a “pocket park” or urban green space have been approved by the borough council’s development management committee.
The Crown Chambers building at the junction of Academy Way and Bridge Street will be demolished as part of the multi-million £ Time Square regeneration scheme.
Tree planting, footpaths, street furniture, feature lighting and perimeter walling all feature in the “pocket park”
The committee was told the proposals would reinforce local distinctiveness and enhance the character appearance and function of the street scene, local area and wider townscape.
Removal of the existing building and the improvements to the public realm were considered an integral part of the regeneration of the Bridge Street Quarter.
Crown Chambers is a steel framed, three storey building and prior to demolition the contractor will carry out a survey to confirm the existing structural arrangements and inform the method of demolition. It is not thought demolition will be a problem.
Removal of the building will open up views of the rear of buildings in Bridge Street, including the Grade 2 listed Lion Hotel.

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