Stadium Quarter is a £190 million regeneration scheme to revitalise a 36.43 Ha (90 acre) site to the north of the town centre, with excellent public transport links; both Warrington Central Railway Station and Warrington Bus Interchange are adjacent to the site.
The project will connect the bus interchange with the Warrington Wolves’ Halliwell Jones Stadium and create a new, vibrant mixed-use development comprising educational, business, leisure and housing uses.
A phased programme of development over the next decade will create up to 1,000 construction jobs and nearly 4000 new permanent jobs when fully completed in 2024.
Phase one of the project commenced in 2014 with the the construction of The Base, an £8.5m business incubator. The Base is designed to facilitate the growth of start-ups and SMEs within the advanced engineering and digital/tech sectors and provides high quality office accommodation within a collaborative and innovative environment to support the development of technologies towards Industry 4.0 Funding came from a £1.7m European Regional Development Fund grant and £6.7m investment from Warrington Borough Council’s capital programme. http://thebasewarrington.co.uk
Next to The Base is UTC Warrington, a science and engineering University Technical College in association with Manchester Metropolitan University. The £10m facility was completed in September 2016, complete with £1m of specialist engineering and digital equipment, and provides education for 14-19 years. http://www.utcwarrington.org/
Plans are currently progressing for the £6.5m OnSide Youth Zone which will be sited close to the UTC. The new Youth Zone will offer affordable activities in sports, arts, music, employability and mentoring to young people aged from eight to 19, or up to 25 for those with a disability. https://www.onsideyouthzones.org/youth-zones/warrington-youth-zone/
Over at John Street/Winwick Street, the High Street Group are on site with “Cheshire Junction”, a development of 362 residential apartments plus commercial space, and a multi storey car park close to Central Station. https://thehighstreetgroup.com/project/cheshire-junction/