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B&K wins £100m Crewe town centre regeneration deal

Exclusive: Cheshire East Council has picked Bowmer & Kirkland to deliver a £100m overhaul of Crewe town centre, Construction News understands.

The Derbyshire-based contractor is understood to have been selected for the deal to build a leisure-led, mixed-use scheme on the 1.9 ha site, which currently houses 26 retail units and the town’s bus station.

Redevelopment of the site will include the construction of a cinema and a bus interchange, with additional enhancements to public realm and connectivity with the rest of the town centre.

The project, which went out to tender in March last year, is expected to take five years to complete.

Cheshire East Council acquired the land for the redevelopment in April 2015 after earlier plans for the site, including a retail and office-led scheme titled Delamere Place, fell through.

The regeneration of the town centre is part of a wider council initiative to improve the local economy, ahead of the arrival of High Speed 2 in 2027.

Cheshire East Council last week revealed it was developing a new masterplan for the town, led by Arup and CBRE.

Speaking at the Mipim property event last week, Cheshire East Council leader Rachel Bailey said the new masterplan would give “an insight into the future” of the town.

“The council is both a major investor and a major advocate for Cheshire East and it is right that the local authority commits time and resources to build market confidence and promote Cheshire East as a great place to be – and help deliver jobs, investment and greater opportunities for all our residents,” she said.

“With HS2 coming to Crewe in 2027, the town is set to become one of the most connected places in the UK and a great place to invest and do business.

“This will be a revolutionary change for the area as Crewe will be only 25 minutes by train from central Manchester and Birmingham as well as being less than an hour from central London.”

Bowmer & Kirkland declined to comment. Cheshire East Council has been contacted for comment.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Am I to understand that the little herritage we have left is being buldozed away in favour for the prison battleship architecture you find in any grotty town where people have stopped caring?
    If I want a good days shopping, I, like many others, would go to Shrewsbury, Chester, knutsford and possibly, on the odd occasion Nantwich.
    Why? Because they are architecturally fascinating, beautiful places who value their herritage and astutely understand that that is what brings the majority of revenue to their towns/cities.
    So much could be done to attract people to our town once more, but sadly you have really got it wrong if you think this will - I feel physically sick and let down yet again.
    Elaine Snelson.

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