Plans to downsize Warrington shopping centre approved

CGI of new plans for Cockhedge Shopping Centre

Town centre regeneration specialist, Altered Space, has received approval for its plans to redevelop Cockhedge shopping centre in Warrington.

The plan includes downsizing the shopping centre by demolishing 16 retail units and removing the pedestrian bridge over Scotland Road, resulting in a downsized, yet enhanced commercial offering.

The project, submitted in January, aims to breathe vital new life into this popular retail destination, creating employment opportunities and increasing footfall. The development aims to attract new retailer, leisure, food and beverage operators.

In line with a larger Greater Cockhedge Master Plan approved in August 2022, Altered Space intends to create a more accessible and visually appealing shopping centre through this stage of redevelopment.

Michael Brown, Altered Space managing director, said: “The approval of our planning application enables us to contribute to the potential of Cockhedge and foster the growth of Warrington’s economy.

CGI of new layout

“Alongside the retail developments, the project will unlock the residential development footprint fronting Scotland Road, capable of delivering 900 new homes for Warrington town centre and improve pedestrian links to the town centre.”

As part of the revitalisation, this stage of the project will introduce new and improved external entrances at each end of the mall, along with four new external-facing units, creating a more aesthetically pleasing space.

Additionally, Altered Space will enhance the visitor experience by developing public realm areas on each side of the mall, featuring both soft and hard landscaping.

This detailed development of Cockhedge Shopping Centre is part of a larger two-phase regeneration scheme by Altered Space.

The urban regeneration developer is working in collaboration with planning consultant Lichfields, Like Architects and Park Hood Chartered Landscape Architects on its transformative project. The regeneration efforts are expected to have a significant impact on Warrington’s economic growth.

Liverpool-based property services and construction company, The Momentum Group, which works with Grosvenor’s Liverpool One and Queensberry’s Metquarter in Liverpool, has been appointed as project manager, cost consultant and retail delivery manager for the Cockhedge redevelopment project.

Chris Renshaw, co-founder and director, said: “Success in unlocking the regeneration of this historic and important site is a big prize for Warrington.

“We are very much looking forward to bringing our expertise and experience in retail design and delivery to help create a vibrant and sustainable destination for shoppers and residents which will be enjoyed by many for years to come.”