Cathedral Plaza Leslie Jones Architecture

Cathedral Plaza

£5.7 million redevelopment of a city centre shopping scheme, including diversification of the retail and leisure offer.

  • Client: Salmon Harvester
  • Sympathetic yet creative designs
  • Residential refurbishment and office conversion
  • Public realm and elevation improvements
  • Introduction of catering and leisure

Leslie Jones Architecture was commissioned by Salmon Harvester to oversee the designs for the redevelopment of Cathedral Plaza Shopping Centre in Worcester, including retail, leisure, public realm and residential uses.

Adjacent to the city’s Cathedral, the scheme needed to be sensitive to the area’s historical context, yet simultaneously provide Worcester with an elevated retail and leisure destination to entice the modern consumer offline and back onto the high street.

Leslie Jones’ innovative design solutions for the retail and leisure elements include a new 20,000 sq ft MSU unit, seven new restaurants, remodelled shops, a gym and food store. The firm has also been instructed to refurbish existing residential units at the scheme as well as to convert existing office space into four new apartments, creating a total of 13 residential units.

The designs also include the creation of a new public square in front of Cathedral Plaza. The square will act as a new focal point for the entire community, answering the need for attractive, functional and centrally located public space to reinforce the city’s burgeoning image as a lifestyle destination.

Leslie Jones has used local materials where possible in the design and liaised closely with local stakeholders to ensure a smooth planning process. A stone-clad ground floor and brickwork at upper levels provides gravitas to the public realm, creating a space in which consumers will extend dwell time with enhanced leisure facilities to not only shop but also dine and socialise. The surrounding vernacular will also be complemented through the use of timber detailing and pitched roofs.

Leslie Jones’ detailed understanding of stakeholder’s needs and the team’s creative flair will create a sense of place and bring forward a new identity for the Cathedral Plaza Shopping Centre.

The scheme has achieved planning permission and work has started on site.

 

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February 16, 2017