Chester’s highly anticipated Northgate development will open this year – but there are plenty of other plans in the works for people to keep an eye out for.
From new hotels and restaurants to bars and perhaps the city’s very first private club, several new venues could emerge in 2022.
Some, like Northgate Development, are on track to get started, while others are awaiting planning approval to move forward with their projects.
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CheshireLive takes a look at what’s happening this year, as well as planned downtown developments.
Of course, there was only one starting point:
The multi-million pound development is on track to open over the summer.
It will include a six-screen cinema, a new covered market, parking, coworking spaces, cafes, bars and restaurants.
The old front of the library will be transformed into a new archway and provide a stunning arched entrance to the development, which will also be accessible from Hunter Street and Princess Street.
The project will also create a new public plaza for the city, connecting the new market hall, Storyhouse and Town Hall.
Cheshire West and Chester Council confirmed in November that development is structurally about 60% complete.
Boutique hotel on Bridge Street
Work has started to transform a Grade II listed building in Chester town center into a boutique hotel and spa with a rooftop swimming pool.
Its opening is scheduled for July 2022.
The Wildes Hotel Group submitted proposals in 2020 for the historic 19th century building that spans 2-8 Bridge Street, 2-8 Bridge Street Row West, and 3 Watergate Street.
The plans will see the empty office space, located near The Cross, transformed into a three-story hotel and spa that includes a bar / restaurant, an elevator tower and a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool.
There will be 16 bedrooms in total and the historic rows will be used for an outdoor bar and dining area.
The proposed development was approved by Cheshire West and Chester Council under delegated authority on April 6, 2021.
Private Members Club on Watergate Street
Chester’s first private club will open in the city center, subject to planning permission.
The old Booth Mansion on Watergate Street will be transformed into the ‘W’, an exclusive private club for members.
The Wildes Group announced in September that it had taken on a long-term lease on the Grade I listed building, with the intention of opening in late summer 2022.
The place will include a cinema projection room, a casino, private meeting rooms, a co-working space.
A cocktail bar and state-of-the-art gym should also be included in the plans for the historic old townhouse.
Aparthotel overlooking Chester Racecourse
Revised plans were filed in March for a unique Â£ 15million five-star apartment hotel development in central Chester.
Walker & Williams is behind the proposal for the new facility on Nicholas Street that will transform the old offices into 52 suites, a restaurant, a rooftop pool and a terrace with a view of the racetrack.
Proposals registered with Cheshire West and Chester Council also include the restoration of cottages, mews and townhouses.
The project, which would create more than 130 jobs, should be decided by the town hall very soon.
Lloyds Bank building on Foregate Street
The council is also expected to vote soon on plans for a boutique hotel in the Chester Lloyds Bank building.
The proposals are for a 48-room boutique hotel, store renovations, partial demolition and construction of a new four-story hotel extension at numbers 2-8 on Foregate Street.
According to planning documents on the local authority’s website, Lloyds Bank is currently on hold under a short-term agreement after the lease expires.
The plans say the developers “are looking to create minimal changes” to the exterior of the two listed buildings, particularly along Foregate Street.
He added that the original two stores will be kept on the ground floor and the current banking areas will be converted into a new retail space.
The proposals also indicated that the “less important parts” at the rear of the building would be demolished to allow for a “carefully considered extension” to accommodate the proposed hotel rooms and restaurant.
The Chester Hotel expansion
Work has started on the Â£ 1million second phase of the Chester Hotel’s five-star development.
Designed by Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP), it will see the transformation of the former Plumbers Arms pub on Newgate Street into a modern restaurant and additional accommodation for the award-winning aparthotel, which opened to visitors in April.
Lancashire-headquartered FWP has completed plans for the Walker & Williams family-run hotel business, which will see the old town center pub transformed into four apartments and a modern restaurant with glass walls s opening onto a secluded courtyard.
In keeping with the current accommodation at the Chester Hotel, the four new apartments will have a unique style and theme. It will bring the number of apartments available to customers to 16. Fino Tapas, which serves Spanish cuisine, will operate the restaurant.
Work on this second phase of development is expected to be completed early in the spring of the year.
That beer place on Foregate Street
The popular Bottle Shop, Tap Room and Craft Beer Bar await planning consent for its proposed new location in Chester town center.
That Beer Place is currently based in Chester Market, but intends to move into the vacant premises at 116 Foregate Street.
It confirmed earlier this year that it would not enter the market, which prompted plans for the highly anticipated new two-story venue.