£24m Worcester town centre scheme gets go-ahead


£24m Worcester town centre scheme gets go-ahead

Worcester City Council has approved plans to redevelop its town centre in a scheme which will see the construction of a new 220,000 sq ft shopping centre. Salmon Harvester has been named as the developer behind the scheme as is being advised by DMR, Hartnell Taylor Cook and Johnson Fellows. It is expected that the development of the scheme will create up to 100 new jobs.


The new scheme is designed to revamp Worcester’s existing Cathedral Plaza shopping centre with additional space for a number of large retailers, an underground gym, and seven new restaurants overlooking a new public square where a roundabout between Deansgate and College Street currently stands.


Nick Webb of the Salmon Opportunity Fund said: “Our plans are aimed at attracting good quality restaurant and retail businesses to Worcester and increasing shopper dwell time in the city to the benefit of all concerned.”


The scheme follows extensive consultation with 86 local residents in which 78% were in favour of the scheme overall and 88% were in favour of the public square.


Construction on the scheme is expected to start early next year with the new retail outlets and restaurants opening sometime in Spring 2016.