You will have no doubt noticed that there is a lot of scaffolding around Bridge Street at the moment and more recently around the Cabinet Works building as the Town Centre regeneration continues. The beautiful façade of Howard Building (locally and more recently remembered as the former Boots building) is scaffold protected whilst demolition takes place of the 1970’s building behind and to allow the construction of the new, permanent market to commence. Conservation works will be undertaken on this fascia to clean, repair and protect it for the future. Behind it the rest of the site is clear. The old market hall has gone and the rubble is being cleared.
The precarious and dangerous state of the Cabinet Works building requires careful hand demolition – a process that will take until this Summer to complete. The site itself is key in the regeneration and future vibrancy of the Town Centre. It provides a direct link from what will be a new leisure destination in Time Square into the continually improving Cultural Quarter. The future use of the Cabinet Works site is still to be determined but developer interest is very high and the site is earmarked in Warrington Means Business, Warrington’s framework for growth, for residential use.
Elsewhere in the Town Centre the proposal as to whether the Town Centre should create a Business Improvement District has taken a major step forward with the business ballot now underway. Following the consultation, Town Centre businesses are now being balloted as to whether they would wish to be a part of a Business Improvement District. As previously mentioned in the column Business Improvement Districts are very successful in many other towns and cities and empower businesses as to the management and direction of how their Town Centre should be run. I would encourage all Town Centre Businesses to look out for their ballot paper and vote’.