On 18th September, councillors unanimously approved plans for the £37.05m cultural centre, featuring a new theatre, library, 100-seat cinema, cafe and offices, based around the city’s former Art Deco Odeon cinema, in Northgate Street.
Councillors and members of the strategic planning committee queued up to praise the scheme that has attracted unprecedented support from the community.
Expected to open in autumn 2016, the project will generate over £16m annually in gross expenditure and create a total of 1,500 jobs throughout the contract period.
Council leader Mike Jones said: “With the work that the council has done and the work across all parties, there is a high level of acceptance of this project, both the need for the project and the design, in Chester and across the borough.
“It is a critical and strategic project for the council, to support the huge improvement in Chester and the borough in terms of its arts-cultural strategy, along with other projects such as the Lion Salt Works in Northwich and investment in events and parades.
“It’s about making the the borough and the city a great place to live, work and attracting visitors to make a strong, family-oriented evening economy.”
Cllr Samantha Dixon also said of the announcement: “This is a very important step towards the revitalisation of Chester city centre.”
You can read more about the project here…