Conversion of UK’s tallest shot tower moves a step closer / by rachel

Plans are being submitted today for the £6.4 million redevelopment of Chester’s shot tower and associated lead works to create 53 residential units as well as leisure and retail facilities, designed by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan. The practice’s client, Liverpool’s Neptune Developments, is working with Chester & District Housing Trust to transform the Grade II listed former lead shot mill into a modern development while retaining its historic features.

The housing will compromise a mixture of one, two and three bedroom apartments which will be available for affordable rent and sale. On the ground floor there will be a mixture of leisure and retail units and a small visitor centre is also planned to explain the heritage of the site.

Subject to the planning process, it is hoped work can begin in site in the summer, enabling the scheme to complete in mid-2013.

Broadway Malyan Director Matt Brook said: "Our Liverpool studio is partnering long-standing client Neptune Developments to deliver a scheme that will provide the high-profile shot tower with a new urban purpose and create a catalyst for the regeneration of the wider area.”

Neptune Development’s Managing Director Steve Parry said: “We are delighted to be moving forward with this exciting scheme. This will bring an interesting part of Chester’s heritage back into use and bring much needed affordable housing onto the market.”

The shot tower was built in 1799, is the oldest remaining shot tower in the country and currently the tallest structure in Chester at 168ft tall. The tower worked by dropping molten lead through a copper sieve at the top of the tower and the falling drops would form balls of lead shot for muskets. These were used in the Napoleonic Wars and lead works only ceased on the site in 2001.

 
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