Cheshire West and Chester Council has appointed VINCI Construction UK as its preferred bidder for the building works that will transform a quarter of the historic centre of the city following a Europe-wide tendering process.
The £60M plans for the mixed-use development, which will include a new relocated dynamic and modern market, six-screen cinema, restaurants, a public square and car parking, would see the contract signed for the building works by the end of next year.
Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, Councillor Brian Clarke, said: “We have a clear vision for Chester Northgate that will support a lively leisure and culture offer in the city, as outlined in the 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.”
VINCI Construction UK Regional Director John Roberts said: “We are very much looking forward to working with Cheshire West and 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.”