A series of artists impressions give a better understanding of what the Town Centre might look like following the unveiling of the Council’s ambitious vision.
The first image shows the view along Chalon Way, looking down to the where the World of Glass is currently. In the distance you will see the newly located Central Railway Station. On the left the changes for the event area and St Marys Market. On the right, currently Chalon Way Multi-Storey Car Park, you can now see this is replaced with retail units.
The view from above.
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St Helens Council recently unveiled its vision for the transformation of the town centre. The proposals will see the council seek to take greater control of key assets in the town centre. Currently less than one percent of the retail space within the town centre is owned by St Helens Council, meaning that the local authority has had little or no control over what development occurs. With direct intervention, the council intends to have greater control over the type of retail and leisure facilities that are developed in the town centre in the years ahead.
The strategy outlines a number of key developments which, if delivered, would be pivotal in providing the opportunity to transform the town centre.
Chief among these would be an enhanced shopping area in keeping with the changing face of the British high street, with independent shops appearing alongside well known high street brands. More family-centred restaurants and cafés would feature together with a vibrant night time economy.
Part of the town centre vision is a plan to redevelop the area around the section of Sankey Canal into a modern waterfront area, complete with bars and restaurants on lower levels and desirable canal-side apartments above, taking inspiration from stylish cities around the UK and Europe. The Sankey Canal itself is the oldest industrial canal in the world having opened four years before the Bridgewater Canal in Manchester and the strategy wants to build on the towns industrial heritage as an underutilized asset.
There’s also an ambition to enrich the borough’s already strong and nationally recognised arts and culture offer, with the potential for a dedicated arts and culture centre included in the canal-side regeneration.
These key developments will gradually shape the town centre into four distinct quarters, namely the Shopping Quarter, centred on Church Square; the Education Quarter, based around St Helens College, where there is an ambition to enhance the ‘campus style’ atmosphere; the Civic and Heritage Quarter, with the town hall and Gamble Building on Victoria Square at its heart, where regular events could be held; and the Growth Quarter at the canal-side redevelopment.