Commercial opportunities

Parkside One

parkside one

Location: Chester Business Park   Agent: Legat Owen   Total site area: 7.6 acres/3.1 hectares   Suitable uses: Employment   Planning status: Local Plan Allocation   Potential investment: £20 million   Timescale: Potential to commence 2017

This proposal seeks to amalgamate three existing sites with planning permission into a single larger development site. It is intended to provide a major opportunity for a scheme of approximately 100,000 sq ft Grade A offices subject to detailed planning permission. It represents the last undeveloped parcel of land on the Chester Business Park.

Parkside One has a substantial frontage on to the main dual carriage way Herons Way and overlooks the ornamental lakes with landscaped woodland to the rear. Immediate neighbours to the site include M&S Bank, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bank of America and Regus.

Chester Business Park is situated approximately 2 miles from Chester City centre and adjoins the A55 Expressway which links with the M53 and M56 giving rapid access to Liverpool, Manchester and beyond. The park now comprises approximately 1.4m sq ft of offices within a 150 acre fully landscaped environment. It is home to a host of internationally renowned companies including MBNA, Tetrapak and GBG amongst others.

Phase 2, City Place

city place phase 2

Location: City centre   Developer: Muse Developments Limited   Total site area: 10 acres/4.1 hectares   Suitable uses: Grade A Office   Planning status: Outline consent   Potential investment: £14 million

This development represents the second phase of the new City Place scheme set within the 3.5 acre Central Business Quarter. Comprising a four storey building totalling approximately 44,000 sq ft of Grade A, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ floor space, Phase 2 follows the highly successful One City Place (70,000 sq ft), 50% of which is now under offer. By 2028, the scheme will provide in excess of 500,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, associated retail and leisure facilities, as well as 200 residential units and new public realm.

City Place is located immediately adjacent to Chester Railway Station, which connects the site to the majority of the UK’s major cities, including a direct two-hour train link to London Euston.

Bumpers Lane

bumpers lane

Location: Less than one mile from city centre   Developer: Cheshire West and Chester Council   Total site area: 90,000 sq ft/8361 sq m   Suitable uses: Commercial/Industrial   Planning status: Granted B1, B2 and B8   Potential investment: c. £8.5 million   Timescale: Construction due to start early 2017

Cheshire West and Chester Council via its Property Reinvestment Programme (PRP) proposes to undertake the demolition and redevelopment of the existing redundant and dilapidated buildings at the former depot in Bumpers Lane.

Planning consent has been granted for a redevelopment of c. 90,000 sq ft ob B1, B2 and B8 space. This will be a phased development with a mix of unit sizes from 2,000 sq ft up to 25,000 sq ft depending on market demand.

As part of the redevelopment the Council has submitted an application for European Regional Development Funding to part fund the development of 20,000 sq ft of small, flexible, BREEAM Excellent units available to let by SMEs (shown as units B on the above plan).

A decision regarding the ERDF funding is due in June/July 2016. The demolition of the premises is due to start in Autumn 2016 and the first phase of redevelopment will start in early 2017.

Knights Court

knights court

Location: City centre   Agent: Legat Owen   Total site area: 20,080 sq ft/1866 sq m   Suitable uses: Office HQ   Planning status: NA   Potential investment: NA   Timescale: Available immediately

Knights Court is a substantial detached office building dating from the 1990s which until recently was occupied by Lloyds Banking Group. The property is arranged over ground, first and second floors with excellent natural light and has large open plan ‘L’ shaped floor plates of approximately 6,600 sq ft each.

The property is available to let either as a whole of on a floor by floor basis. The building has recently undergone a comprehensive refurbishment and 14 spaces in a private car park are provided. Contract car parking is also available within the immediate vicinity.

Vicars Lane

vicars lane

Location: City centre   Agent: B A Commercial   Total site area: 9,728 sq ft/904 sq m   Suitable uses: Office/Commercial/Leisure   Planning status: NA   Potential investment: NA   Timescale: Available immediately

The property comprises the former St John’s School and is an attractive Grade II Listed building, re-built in 1882, and is of traditional construction.

The building will be extensively renovated and modernised to create contemporary accommodation of the highest standard to be suitable for a range of modern office occupiers. It is envisaged that the property will suit a company seeking a high profile regional headquarters in the city centre.

The building enjoys an extremely prominent aspect in this section of the city, and incorporates attractive hard surfaced and landscaped grounds which will also incorporate a good car parking ratio for approximately 12 vehicles with circulation areas.

Hillcrest

hillcrest

Location: 3 miles from city centre   Agent: Legat Owen   Total site area: 4.6 acres/1.86 hectares   Suitable uses: Commercial/Residential   Planning status: TBC   Potential investment: TBC   Timescale: TBC

Hillcrest is situated 3 miles to the north of Chester City Centre. The site enjoys a frontage to both Moston Road (A5116) and Liverpool Road (A41). Chester Zoo, the Countess of Chester Health Park and Upton by Chester Gold Club are all nearby and the site adjoins mature residential dwellings and open farm land.

The site currently comprises a detached residential dwelling with a series of outbuildings which has had a range of uses throughout their existence. The agricultural element of the sites history ceased in 1982 with a number of the buildings since being utilised for commercial business.

The site is located in the Green Belt, outside the settlement boundary for Chester. Conversion or replacement of some of the former agricultural buildings on the site for housing may be acceptable subject to policy and detailed consideration of any relevant planning issues. Early contact with the planning department is recommended – contact Nial Casselden, Planning Team Manager on 01244 97748 or nial.casselden@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

Waitrose site

waitrose site

Location: City centre   Owner: Waitrose   Total site area: 20,870 sq ft/1939 sq m   Suitable uses: Commercial/Hotel/Residential   Planning status: Outline granted for office and hotel   Potential investment: TBC   Timescale: TBC

Prominent site fronting Boughton (A51) approximately 0.3 mile from Chester city centre. Located adjacent to the new 48,000 sq ft Waitrose store which has 196 car parking spaces. The site is on the edge of the CBQ redevelopment area, within a 3 minute walk of Chester station.

Outline planning consent for 20,870 sq ft offices and a 120 bed hotel together with bar and restaurant and associated parking. Other uses will be considered subject to planning. Long lease hold interest for sale.

Bishops Palace

bishops palace

Location: Chester city centre   Agent: Bolton Birch   Total site area: 0.95 acres/0.37 hectares   Suitable uses: Hotel/Office   Planning status: NA   Potential investment: NA   Timescale: Available immediately

Originally built in 1751 for the Bishop of Chester, this magnificent listed building combines high quality accommodation with an exceptional city centre location overlooking the River Dee and The Groves. The Bishops Palace is a three-storey period property with many original features. It is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment to provide boutique contemporary finishes.

The Bishops Palace and its Chapel Wing are available to let separately or as a single letting. Suites are available from as little as 500 sq ft for maximum flexibility.

Whether developed as an office HQ or a hotel, car parking provision is plentiful with over 80 spaces available within the security controlled, landscaped grounds.