Chester is one of the United Kingdom's most complete historic cities, with a Roman street plan, medieval walls, and the famous 18th century "vernacular revival" Chester Rows, of two-tiered shopping streets. Several crude post war developments compromised the quality of this rich historic fabric. 

The Northgate Development replaces a 1970s shopping centre and recreates a network of public streets and squares around urban blocks. A precinct helps to open up the historic City Hall to community use, and a Library and Theatre enrich cultural activity.

The scheme is carefully layered, with shops at the ground level and terraced housing, grouped around private courtyards, above. The variety of forms and spaces created ensures an effective balance between commercial, private and cultural activities. The scheme includes a central bus station and car park to cater for all visitors.


  • Location Chester, United Kingdom
  • Value £110 million
  • Size 75,695 m²
  • Client ING Real Estate
  • Year 2010