A subtle addition to a heritage listed site
Waitrose’s new flagship store in Chester marks the first stage of development for the city’s new Central Business Quarter.
Blending seamlessly into its urban context, the scheme features bronze metal cladding elements referencing the industrial heritage of the site while complementing the surrounding brick buildings.
The building alignment and public realm, including a new pedestrian bridge, have been designed to enhance views of the Grade II* listed Shot Tower and former lead works, both providing the area with a new urban purpose and also drawing people through the site.
“Our shared ambition with the client was to rethink large format retail architecture and demonstrate it can deliver high quality placemaking.”