WCEC Architects appointed as consultants for landmark North Derbyshire scheme
6 February 2017
National design practice WCEC Architects have been appointed as a consultant for Chesterfield Borough Council's landmark Northern Gateway regeneration scheme.
On behalf of the Authority, WCEC is holding meetings with stakeholders to find out what types of facilities they would like to see for the Knifesmithgate, Elder Way and parts of Saltergate area in the project, partly funded by a £5.83m grant from the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund.
No decisions have yet been made on what will be included and further consultation with residents will be held in late March before detailed plans are published.
Councillor Tricia Glibly, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, said: “The Northern Gateway scheme is key to regenerating the northern side of the town centre and is set to create around 500 jobs for local people.
“Founded in Chesterfield, WCEC Architects has an extensive local knowledge and is in the best position to help bring the vision for the site to reality.”
Design Director of WCEC, Andy Dabbs, commented “We are delighted to have been appointed on such an important project in a town that is also our home! The importance of this regeneration project cannot be underestimated. We are looking forwards to working closely with the Local Authority and their stakeholders in delivering what we will be a landmark development for Chesterfield.”
The Northern Gateway scheme will see the development of the former Co-op department store and a new innovation centres on the site of the current Holywell Cross (Donut) car park to help more local businesses to grow. Work has already begun on the refurbishment of the Saltergate multi-storey car park.
WCEC based in Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, is one of largest architects’ practices based in the East Midlands and Yorkshire region and ranked in Building Magazine’s Top 50 UK Architects. With more than 140 staff, it also has offices in Leeds and London.
In the Sheffield City Region further works include Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane Stadium, St James Retail Park on the site of the former Norton College, the transformation of former post office in the heart of Chesterfield’s historic market place into luxury apartments and other residential schemes on Matilda Street in Sheffield city centre and works at Kelham Island.
Current and recently completed projects include major residential developments at Royal Wharf in London and Old Oak in Ealing, the Bond Street retail and leisure development in Chelmsford, multiple retail accounts and a growing student accommodation portfolio.