Redevelopment of Cathedral Plaza, Worcester gets go-ahead

Designs by Leslie Jones Architecture for the remodelling of Salmon Harvester’s Worcester shopping centre have received unanimous approval from the Worcester City Council’s committee.

The redevelopment of the 220,000 square ft Cathedral Plaza shopping centre will create seven new restaurants, remodelled shops, a gym and foodstore. Works will also create a new public square in front of Cathedral Plaza in conjunction with the city and county councils.

Leslie Jones drew inspiration from the adjacent Cathedral and High Street to design a new light and bright leisure and shopping destination for Worcester to supplement the extended shopping offer. Brian Tracey, Director at Leslie Jones commented:

“Our approach ensures that Cathedral Plaza will remain relevant to its historical context, while bringing a modern shopping and dining destination to the city.”

Local materials have been utilised where possible, including a stone clad ground floor and brickwork at upper levels, to provide gravitas to the new public square. The surrounding vernacular has also been complemented through the use of timber detailing and pitched roofs.

Nick Webb from the Salmon Harvester Opportunity Fund said:

“We have been working in partnership with both city and county councils and have been very pleased with the positive approach both have taken to the project as this is exactly the type of investment the city centre needs.”

Construction is expected to start early next year with the new restaurants and shops open for spring 2016.

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