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Masterplan to develop Cabinet Works site to be drawn up
9:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A BIRCHWOOD based design company has been chosen to prepare a masterplan for the former Garven Place and Cabinet Works sites in Warrington.
Warrington Borough Council says the areas are ‘key; parts of its regeneration framework and has selected DV8 Designs to carry out the work.
Any development in the are could include homes, shops, business, hotel, hospitality and council bosses are promising to make a feature of the tower at the former Garnett cabinet works.
Plans to pull it down and turn the site into a car park in 2011 caused uproar.
Garven Place has been empty since the opening of the Legh Street Medical centre.
Clr Terry O’Neill, leader of Warrington Borough Council said: “This is the first step in the =council unlocking the tremendous potential that this area offers.
“It is in the heart of our historic central heritage area and this study will provide the basis of a masterplan for the future. I’m delighted to have appointed local company DV8 Designs for this study.”
Steve Park, managing director, Warrington & Co, Warrington’s partnership for driving growth added: “Key to the scheme will be the production of a masterplan, an analysis of connectivity, a conservation plan and the preservation of the landmark tower at the former Garnett’s cabinet work factory.
“The team at Warrington & Co. are excited at the prospect of working with DV8 Designs and taking this forward. This is yet another major progression of the Warrington Means Business framework and the renaissance of the town.”
Director Lee Birchall, from DV8 Designs, said: “We are very proud to be working with Warrington & Co to investigate the potential of this area.
“I am a Warringtonian born, bred and passionate about my town.
“My colleagues similarly all live locally and our business is based here. We have the advantage of being able to add our depth of local knowledge, enthusiasm and passion into the commission.”
Designed to bring small businesses back into the town centre, the development will focus around a new public square for outdoor events to attract residents and visitors into the town centre.
And links will be provided to Queen’s Gardens, Sankey Street, Bridge Street and Barbauld Street to the Waterfront.
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