Chapel making way for new apartment block

Chapel making way for new apartment block

Reporter:

Jonathan Grieve

Work has begun to knock down a former chapel and build flats in its place.

Diggers have moved in on the site of the old Ebeneser Chapel in Chester Street, Wrexham, which is due to be replaced by 23 new two-bedroom apartments, spread over four floors.

Work on the development is being funded by a £250,000 empty property loan, provided by Wrexham Council through the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places scheme.

It aims to regenerate and develop townscapes through positive investment.

Planning permission for the new development was granted earlier this month, after plans had been lodged with the council in April last year.

A design and access statement submitted as part of the application states the street scene will be enhanced by the development.

It adds: “This area of Wrexham is an exceptional example of architectural diversity with the swimming pool showing of its hyperbolic paraboloid roof, the War Memorial hospital with the more recent additions converting it into a modern college campus, the police tower as an example of 1960s concrete technology and the authoritarian architecture of the Guildhall.

”In addition to this rich tradition of architecture, Wrexham town centre is being enhanced with modern retail and mixed use developments such as Island Green and Eagles Meadow.

”New apartment buildings adjacent to these developments have been multi-storey and of further diversity such as the former Granny Midges site and the new development at St Giles’ Way.

”The site therefore offers an opportunity to present a further landmark building within the town centre.

”The contemporary design will enhance the street scene and provide a new identity for this part of the town centre.”

The new building will have brick and slate finishes to keep in character with nearby Victorian townhouses, with a modern take on a bay window.

The feasibility of the development requires 23 apartments to be economically viable.

There will be one car park space for each apartment, as well as recycling facilities and secure cycle storage.

Email:

jonathan.grieve@nwn.co.uk

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