CONSTRUCTION work on an apartments development in the town centre is understood to have halted.

The £56million Cheshire Junction scheme on John Street is expected to bring 362 new flats in an eight-storey block, alongside a car park with 796 spaces.

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How the development could look

Builders first moved onto the site in early 2019, and the project had been well underway – with cranes having towered over neighbouring Winwick Street in recent months.

But nearby businesses have reported that next to no construction has taken place so far during 2021.

Developer the High Street Group says that the ‘level of activity has reduced’ onsite as it is ‘reviewing elements of the construction programme’ alongside developer Nobles.

It says that work is now due to be finished in early 2022, having previously been scheduled for completion in spring this year.

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A spokesman for the High Street Group said: “We are currently reviewing elements of our construction programme with our contractor, which has reduced the level of activity on the site.

“However, we are confident that the project to create a new community in the heart of Warrington remains on schedule for completion in the first quarter of 2022.”

Warrington Borough Council is understood to be monitoring the situation as part of its wider development plans for the town centre.

Warrington Guardian: John Street apartments and multi-storey car park

A previous scheme on the former industrial site was halted after construction had started when developer John S2 Limited went into administration amid the financial crash of 2008.

The foundations and iron girders of the building – which would have housed 284 luxury apartments, retail units and a play area – had been installed before work ground to a halt, and stood untouched for around a decade afterwards.

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The site in 2017

Firm directors had also mooted a hotel development on the site following the collapse of this ill-fated project.

The latest plans – which boast a ‘living green wall’ and a seventh-floor sky lounge – comprise of a mix of one and two-bedroom flats, as well as a commercial unit and a café at ground level.

Nobles has not responded to a request for comment from the Warrington Guardian.