[First look] Nightingale Associates has won planning permission for this 12,000m2 health and residential mixed-use project in Chester city centre
Dubbed the ‘Gorse Stacks’, the three-building project for developer Watkin Jones Group features a 7,000m2 health centre, a 3,000m2 local authority-run social services office and 42 residential apartments.
Watkin Jones chair Glyn Watkin Jones said: ‘This has been a long drawn out and complex project on a site where the originally consented scheme had stalled in a difficult financial climate where demand for retail and private residential property had evaporated. Nightingale’s team have laboured unstintingly and the resulting planning consent is testament to their skill and does them great credit.’
Nightingale Associates project director Mark Drane added: ‘This is an important milestone for this unique project in the heart of Chester. We look forward to delivering this scheme with Watkin Jones in order that the residents of Chester can benefit from enhanced access to health and social care services.’
The scheme is planned to complete by the end of 2013.