[First look + plans] Herefordshire Council has approved the £80 million redevelopment of Hereford’s Old Market masterminded by Allies and Morrison
The 30,000m² retail and leisure-led scheme for developer Stanhope will ‘deliver an extension of the city centre streetscape, complementing the existing retail offer and boosting both the daytime and evening economy’.
Last week the local authority’s planning committee backed the reserved matters planning application, which will allow demolition to start on site in January (2011) and construction to begin in spring 2012.
The project, which has been designed in collaboration with retail specialists Leslie Jones, includes a new department store - with ‘an asymmetrical metal pitched roof’ - six-screen multiplex Odeon cinema, a Waitrose supermarket and 25 other shops and restaurants.
The development will be built from Hereford brick, render and timber and has, according to the developer, been ‘informed by the architectural vernacular of the former livestock market’.
The architect’s view - Paul Appleton, partner at Allies & Morrison
‘It has always been our intention to ensure the delivery of a sensitive extension to Hereford, reflecting the distinct architectural heritage and identity. We have made a strong cohesion with the city centre our priority. This is why our detailed design has been directly informed by a close study of Hereford’s spatial realm and built fabric, to create new streets and public spaces that are sympathetic with the existing architecture and that link seamlessly with the rest of the city.’