The creation of a vibrant and distinctive public realm
Designed to boost Chester’s business economy and set a precedent for investment throughout the city, the public space outside Chester Railway Station was supplied with Neland Gala Waterstruck clay pavers marking a gateway to the city’s £100 million Central Business Quarter.
Due for completion in 2028, the plan, set out by One City, is an all-new development under construction to guide future economic regeneration of the area. The project’s end-goal is to co-ordinate a programme of public and private investment and development activity into the city centre. The plan defines the overarching vision and direction of travel for Chester; under which all projects will sit – helping to centralise prioritisation, implementation and delivery of transportation for the city.
As part of the plan, City Place sets new standards for office space in Chester with its stunning architecture, modern design and sustainable features. Taking inspiration from the area’s rich heritage and industrial foundations, the new development – located at the gateway to the City – acts as the focal point of the Central Business Quarter.
Located close to Chester’s recently refurbished Grade II listed mainline Railway Station, which runs alongside the Shropshire Union Canal, the new site is set to be both iconic and sympathetic to its historic surroundings. On completion the development will provide office accommodation, associated retail and leisure facilities, as well as 200 residential units.
In addition, a new public realm scheme has seen the development of a winter garden and 30 metres of green-wall, which runs underneath the original Grade II listed Porte Cochere that forms a key entrance to the station.
The regeneration, which has been delivered for Chester West and Chester Council, has been supported by a grant from the European Regional Development Fund.
To pave the space, Cheshire West and Chester Council chose to use Neland Gala Waterstruck clay pavers – a brown multi paver with an un sanded texture – which were laid flexibly in a stretcher bond laying pattern with stack bond detailing. This design works to create synergy between the outside space, the Carriage Shed and the first office building in the Central Business Quarter, One City Place.
In keeping with the sympathetic, yet contemporary design of the scheme, Neland Gala Waterstruck clay pavers have been laid flexibly in a stretcher bond-laying pattern with stack bond detailing. Designed to create a synergy between the living wall and the ground, the project has also seen the creation of the Carriage Shed; a dedicated space for events and live performances within a renovated section of the station that links to the first office building at One City Place.
Hardscape also supplied Mist granite corduroy tactiles, cladding and steps with Crystal Black granite treads and bespoke Mist granite artscape benches.
The Gateway project has seen a total of £11 million invested over the past five years in upgrading the station and the surrounding area, with Broadway Malyan’s public realm works connecting the station to the first office building in the Central Business Quarter in One City Place.
The high-profile urban regeneration project, which saw Hardscape collaborate with Wienerberger, has added to Chester’s current boom – attracting more people into the heart of the city, whilst also acting as a pioneering example of modern architecture designed to celebrate and feature traditional materials that are fully reflective of the design’s wider environment.