Major step forward for Memorial Court

Construction for Northwich’s new entertainment and leisure venue is to begin in July 2013

The multi-million pound project to provide a new entertainment and leisure venue for Northwich has taken a major step forward.

Cheshire West and Chester Council have announced it has appointed Wates Construction as its partners in the £12.5m development, proposed for the site of the Memorial Hall and former magistrates court.

Ellis Williams will provide the architectural design for the venue, to be named Memorial Court after residents voted it their favourite in a competition.

Subject to planning consent, construction will begin in July 2013 with completion expected by January 2015.

Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction in the North West, said: “It is a real privilege to be given the opportunity to work on Memorial Court and what will be a fantastic community facility for the people of Northwich.

“This is a very important project for the town and we look forward to using our presence here to make a tangible and positive impact on the area.”

Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, said: “Wates brings the expertise a project of this scale demands and we look forward to working together to develop our vision for this exciting new venue.”

The Council-funded project, which is being delivered in partnership with the Weaver Valley Partnership Board, was awarded to Wates through the North West Construction Hub. The Hub provides local authorities with an efficient procurement system for construction projects in the region.

Local Councillor Amy Mercer-Bailey said: “Northwich residents will be able to have their say on a detailed design for Memorial Court in the autumn.  All comments will be considered before a final proposal is submitted for planning consent.”

Wates Construction is one of the UK’s largest family-owned construction services and development companies.  Established in 1897, it remains privately owned by the Wates family.  The company employs more than 2,000 people and had a turnover of £985m in 2010.  Wates has also been appointed to deliver the Lion Salt Works restoration.