New Worcester Office Space to Transform City
Existing plans for new residences, retail units and office space in the Shrub Hill area of Worcester have been submitted by developers to Worcester City Council.
If approved, the scheme put forward by SheriffΓÇÖs Gate Ltd would see around 600 new houses built in the area, alongside a number of retail and dining outlets and leisure facilities, such as a cinema, bowling alley and ice rink.
Office space would initially be established over two floors of a 30,000 square foot building. Following this, a further 35,000 square foot building would house a number of workspaces for start-up businesses and local entrepreneurs.
By its estimated completion date in 2016/2017, the project would provide 900,000 square feet of space for local businesses, residents and visitors, complete with support worker/student apartments, an elderly care village, a 96-roomed hotel and a childcare facility.
The development would back onto Sheriff Street on one side and Tolladine Road on another, taking up land close to Shrub Hill Train Station.
ΓÇ£This is the single biggest regeneration scheme Worcester has ever seen,ΓÇ¥ a SheriffΓÇÖs Gate Ltd spokesperson has told the press. ΓÇ£We are based here and want to transform this area for the better and for the benefit of city people.
ΓÇ£We are passionate about investing in Worcester and are targeting a long-stop of five years for the entire scheme to be delivered in total.ΓÇ¥
ΓÇ£WeΓÇÖd certainly like to see regeneration in that area and I welcome this,ΓÇ¥ says local councillor, Lucy Hodgson. ΓÇ£I think itΓÇÖs excellent news in the regeneration of Worcester ΓÇô it sounds like a lot of work has gone into it.ΓÇ¥
The plans are due to go to before a committee in September or October this year.
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