Plans in for £85m waterside development

Plans have been lodged for an £85m waterside scheme in Worcester city centre.

Godwin Developments, working in partnership with Lowesmoor Regeneration, said the plans for Lowesmoor Wharf are set to transform the 3.2-acre canal-side site, situated off Lowesmoor Terrace.

The development will provide 330,000 sq. ft. of home, office and retail space.

The site, which currently contains a mix of industrial and warehousing units, is designated as an area for redevelopment within the Worcester City Centre Masterplan and is located within the Canalside quarter of the city.

Designed by architects Apt, the proposed scheme will feature seven buildings of varied height containing 271 apartments, 30,000 sq. ft. of office, 9,000 sq. ft. of retail and 8,400 sq. ft. of food and entertainment space.

It will also provide 465 bicycle storage spaces for residents, a further 218 for public use and 10 electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

Matt Chandler, associate director at Godwin Developments, said: “We want to breathe new life into this important part of Worcester – building on its industrial heritage to create an exciting residential and commercial development in the centre of the city.

“Our vision is to deliver a lifestyle-led destination that is similar to other standout schemes – such as Gloucester Docks and Eagles Works in Oxford. We plan to transform the former canals into water features, paying homage to the rich canal history of Worcester and the wider Midlands region. These will provide a focal point of the development and its new waterside apartments, cafes and restaurants, proposed as a part of the scheme.

“By responding to the local street scene, we feel we have designed a development that fits effortlessly into the surrounding landscape, providing a sleek and modern space that will be an asset to Worcester for years to come.”

Stephen Pratt, group land director at Godwin Developments, said: “Lowesmoor Wharf is a sizeable regeneration project in an area of high local significance – therefore we took time to develop proposals that are not only sympathetic to the site’s location and history, but also maximise its potential and make it a really exciting place to be.

“We’re encouraged by the response of the community – it is clear that the site requires regeneration and we would like to thank everyone who took time to provide feedback on our scheme. We now look forward to working with Worcester City Council’s planning team and Lowesmoor Regeneration Ltd. in delivering the next stage of this development.”