An initial pre-construction agreement, starting in autumn 2019, will see Vinci get to work on the final design and costings. The contractor will also provide advice prior to the construction phase to make sure the build meets potential tenant requirements and provides the best value for money.
Vinci Construction Regional Director John Roberts said: “We are very much looking forward to working with Cheshire West & Chester Council. This is the next positive step towards the redevelopment of the Northgate area of Chester. Being named preferred bidder will enable us to strengthen our existing community links in the surrounding area.”
Councillor Brian Clarke, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “We have a clear vision for Chester Northgate that will support a lively leisure and culture offer in the city, as outlined in our One City Plan. It will support local retailers and also provide much needed jobs, car parking, housing and office space in the heart of Chester.
“Chester Northgate is the largest project the city has seen in decades. Our aim is to secure Chester’s position as a visitor destination for years to come. Northgate is at the heart of our ambitions for Chester and it’s essential that we maintain the current momentum.”