Architects offer glimpse of radical designs in Cheshire

London-based architects have revealed innovative concepts for a shopping centre in Runcorn, Cheshire.

The new designs feature the reinvention of the site as a hub for creative companies, unique use of the centre roof, and a climbing structure pointing skywards located in the centre’s main square.

The plans were created as part of an architectural competition entitled “Forgotten Spaces” organised by Paul Monaghan, design champion for Liverpool City Region. The judging panel assessing designs was led by Programme director for the World Architectural Festival (WAF), Paul Finch, who also holds the position of editorial director for the Architect’s Journal and the Architectural review.

Runcorn Shopping City entered administration at the end of 2019, but it was revealed in early this year that regeneration experts RivingtonHark were creating plans for a redevelopment.

Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, commented:

“I want the Liverpool City Region to be somewhere people want to live, work and visit and the quality of our built environment plays a key role in achieving that.”

Part of the newly revealed designs involves incorporating the shopping centre into plans for the first ever Runcorn Marathon, taking place on April 10, 2022. Set to become an annual event for the local community, the marathon will act to spark future development around Runcorn. The car parks at the shopping centre formerly known as Halton Lea will host the finish line for the upcoming event.

Architects in Chester, Runcorn and other parts of Cheshire creating building plans should always consider aspects of regeneration that can improve the local economy of the area where construction takes place.

Posted by Mark
March 23, 2020

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