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Broadway Malyan’s shot tower overhaul submitted for planning

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[First look] Broadway Malyan has submitted a planning application for this £6.4 million revamp of a Grade II-listed shot tower in Chester

The project for Liverpool-based client Neptune Developments transforms the shot tower and associated lead works site into 53 residential units with leisure and retail facilities.

The 51 metre-tall tower was built in 1799 and is understood to be the oldest remaining shot tower in the country. It is also the city’s tallest structure.

Molten lead was dropped through a copper sieve at the top of the tower to form balls of lead shot for muskets at the bottom. Lead works at the site ceased in 2001.

Broadway Malyan’s scheme features a mixture of one, two and three bedroom apartments with leisure and retail units on the ground floor and a small visitor centre explaining the site’s heritage.

Practice director Matt Brook said: ‘Our Liverpool studio is partnering long-standing client Neptune Developments to deliver a scheme that will provide the high-profile shot tower with a new urban purpose and create a catalyst for the regeneration of the wider area.’

Neptune managing director Steve Parry said: ‘We are delighted to be moving forward with this exciting scheme. This will bring an interesting part of Chester’s heritage back into use and bring much needed affordable housing onto the market.’

If approved, construction could commence this summer and complete in 2013.

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