CHESTER NORTHGATE IS A SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT IN THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF CHESTER CITY CENTRE, CREATING A THRIVING NEW DESTINATION WITHIN THE HEART OF THE CITY THAT WILL ENHANCE THE CITY'S HISTORIC CORE.
The development will reinforce the leisure and culture offering, with the first phase of the Chester Northgate scheme including a new relocated dynamic and modern market, six-screen cinema, host of new restaurants and public square.
Located next to Storyhouse, the new Market and Cinema building forms a key frontage to the new Market Square at the heart of the development.
Natural elements such as green living walls have been incorporated to reflect the beautiful Cheshire countryside and natural timber to reflect the dominant materiality of the city. The greenery will help soften the urban landscape and provide a healthier environment.
The cinema entrance will provide a distinct character from the remainder of the market building. The feature cinema staircase that rises up from ground level to level 2 to be viewed from the square. There will be a terraced area above the entrance.
The interior of the market is conceived as a contemporary timber structure, echoing Chester’s wealth of traditional timber framed buildings and providing a natural warmth to the market interior.
Wide roof spans and glazing allow a flexible, bright naturally lit interior. The carefully considered design of junction details and columns provides a finer, high quality scale to the design.
A range of bespoke market stalls take centre stage, wrapped around a central dining space offering the opportunities for raised seating areas and planting opportunities to animate the interior. A mezzanine bridge level provides more flexible space for complimentary uses such as craft makers, exhibition, gallery and more flexible contemporary workspaces.
Chester Northgate is set to further strengthen Chester’s reputation as one of the North West’s premier destinations.
Complementing other key developments such as the Central Business Quarter, Storyhouse and the new bus station, it will provide an economic boost, create jobs and increase tourism in the heart of the city.
The project will also provide vital new car parking. This will increase capacity and ensure visitors can enjoy the development and the wider city centre with ease, benefitting local businesses across the city. The random arrangement of panels, including living green wall panels, helps reduce the visual scale of the building.
Fronting onto St. Martin’s Way the multi storey car park provides a dramatic new frontage looking out towards the distant Welsh hills across the Dee Valley.