Work has started on the final phase of Sanctuary Homes’ Blacon Parade in Chester to deliver a new medical centre with housing above, next to the existing Parade Enterprise Centre.
The scheme also includes 12 one-bedroom and four two-bedroom apartments, available for affordable rent. Comprising three storeys, the health centre will be on the ground floor with the apartments above.
Brock Carmichael has been responsible for the masterplan, concept design and executive delivery for the £19m major mixed-use regeneration of this centre of the 14,000 resident Blacon Estate in Chester.
The scheme is being delivered by an innovative partnership between Sanctuary and Cheshire West and Chester Council including Cheshire NHS and other vital local community organisations. The Parade Enterprise Centre, already completed, is run by Avenue Services, a joint venture between Sanctuary Group and Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Sanctuary’s Senior Development Manager Danielle Wrigley said: “I’m delighted to see the redevelopment of final stage of The Parade beginning to take shape with the new GP surgery and health centre which, along with 16 apartments, will be a significant addition to the local area.
“This development further underlines Sanctuary’s ongoing commitment to Blacon and the wider Cheshire West and Chester region.”
Brock Carmichael’s masterplan has provided substantial refurbishment of the neighbourhood centre, 62 new-build housing units, including a 36 unit sheltered housing scheme, a fully refurbished local retail centre, a new anchor store occupied by Spar, an Enterprise Office Centre, Library and 1,000sqm. new flexible community building.
Key to the success of the project has been sustained and effective consultation between key local stakeholders and the wider community. The project has now moved into the implementation phase with Brock Carmichael leading on executive delivery.
Work is expected to be completed by Spring 2022.
Header image shows an artist’s impression of an aerial view of the health centre, apartments, shops and new housing at The Parade.