Development and asset management specialists, Rivington Land, and urban design and architecture practice, ACME, will be charged with achieving planning permission for the mixed-use leisure and retail developments by autumn next year.
The Northgate masterplan envisages the creation of a new retail and leisure quarter, anchored by a department store, a new market hall, multi-screen cinema, and new multi storey car park for around 1,000 cars. The cinema, market hall, car park and food court are expected to open in late autumn 2017 with the construction of the new retail centre taking place over the following two years.
Committed to opening a Chester office by the end of the year, Rivington Land will lead the scheme through the planning; secure the necessary retail and leisure operators and attract external investor interest.
Chief executive, David Lewis, said: “We are utterly delighted to have been chosen as development manager for the Northgate Scheme – which is an outstanding opportunity to create a fantastic commercial retail-environment in the heart of one of England’s most attractive and distinctive cities.”
ACME completed the initial Northgate Masterplan in 2013 and have extensive experience in urban regeneration, having worked on Victoria Gate, Leeds; Watermark, Southampton; Smithfield, Birmingham; Sevenstone, Sheffield and Bishopsgate Goodsyard in London.
ACME project director, Catherine Hennessy, said: “Chester is a special place – we have greatly enjoyed working on the masterplan concept for Northgate with the city and its people over the last two years, and we think it is a privilege to be a part of the team that will see the Northgate scheme move forward from vision to reality.”