Townscape and Visual Impact

In association with Benoy architects, Virtual Planit produced visually verified photomontages and CGIs of ASKs new proposals for First Street South. Consisting of a 20 storey residential tower, hotel, supermarket and retail stores this scheme will be one of the prime gateways into Manchester.

ASK’s proposals represent an opportunity to deliver transformational change to a critical regeneration area in Manchester City Centre. The development will offer many benefits including:

■ Significant investment in the area transforming the image of the site and its surroundings and will facilitate the expansion of the City Centre environment further into the First Street area. In addition and alongside the proposals for First Street North, the proposals will kick start the next stage of development at First Street which is to become the heart and focus of a distinctive new mixed use office led neighbourhood fundamental to the economy of the Regional Centre and wider City Region

■ Creation of a new food store, to serve an identified need for those people working, living and studying in the area and which will attract additional uses and occupiers which would otherwise not be drawn to the area

■ Design of the highest quality – the development will be truly mixed use and therefore sustainable in this City Centre location

■ Creation of a new hotel and student accommodation, which will encourage visitors and increase activity in the area

■ Creation of new public spaces which will be programmed with events and activities

■ Increased permeability throughout the neighbourhood, enhancing the gateway status of the site and strengthening connectivity with adjoining areas of economic activity, encouraging further investment in these areas.

First Street South, Manchester

Northwich Marina

Planning permission has been granted for a £20m redevelopment of Northwich Marina.

The scheme features a new Waitrose food store, 58 homes and a restaurant as well as a new marina providing up to 40 mooring berths. A new public realm scheme and waterside cafe complement this revitalised waterfront.

Northwich Marina

Virtual Planit worked closely with Fairhursts to produce the CGI’s which supported the planning application.

Northwich Marina

The development will be delivered by H20, a joint venture between British Waterways and Bloc. Landscape design was done by Planit IE.

Virtual Planit have completed the visualisation for Haverhill Research Park in Suffolk.

Haverhill Research Park

Planning Application Approved for £100 Million Haverhill Research Park Project

Carisbrooke Investments has won planning consent for the £100 million Haverhill Research Park in Haverhill, Suffolk comprising 450,000 square foot of research and business space, 150 new homes, a hotel, restaurant and day nursery.

Planning consent was granted by St Edmundsbury Borough Council following the adoption of a masterplan and period of extensive public consultation earlier in the year.

Nic Rumsey, Director of Carisbrooke Investments, commented: “The planning consent marks an important milestone in the project and moves plans forward for this comprehensive development. We have worked closely with St Edmundsbury Borough Council who have been very supportive in backing our vision for the site and are delighted to see the application’s approved. We will, of course, continue to work closely with the council in order to bring the vision to reality.

“Ultimately, this plan will make a significant contribution to the long term growth of the local economy and provide Haverhill with a landmark office and research park home to talented businesses” added Rumsey. “The scheme will generate approximately 1,000 new jobs, attract inward investment into Haverhill and also help meet local housing needs.”

Haverhill Research Park is well located approximately 17 miles south of Cambridge. It is less than 10 miles from the A11 Cluster which incorporates Addenbrookes, Babraham Research Campus, Granta Park, Chesterford Research Park and the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus. The park taps into the region’s excellent transport infrastructure with fast and easy access to Junction 9 of the M11 as well as the A11 and A14.

Initial site preparation works will start early in 2012. Details of the scheme can be found by visiting

The agents for the Haverhill Research Park are Cheffins and Carter Jonas.

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Teville Gate

Worthing Borough Council has given the go ahead for Hanson Capital Management’s £150m Worthing Gateway regeneration proposals.

The Worthing Gateway development is the first major town centre commercial scheme in the region for over 20 years.

Hanson Capital Management will go to the market to find a contractor later this year to meet the schedule to start construction in mid-2012.

Worthing’s landmark mixed-use development, designed by Russ Drage Architects, will include a nine-screen cinema complex, residential and retail facilities, including a new Conference and Exhibition Centre.

Worthing Gateway Summary

• A 9 screen multiplex Cinema (under offer to Vue)
• 260 new homes
• 88-bedroom high quality hotel
• Restaurants and coffee shops
• 50,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s supermarket
• Conference and Exhibition Centre
• Health and fitness centre
• Office suites/business space

Below ground car park of about 400 spaces and decked car parking of 560 spaces.

Traffic and pedestrian improvements

John Desmond, Managing Director of Hanson Capital Management said: “This is great news for Worthing’s future prosperity.

“We have had very strong support from residents who want to get the project moving so that the long-term Teville Gate eyesore can be finally cleared away and a new start made on this key town centre site”

He added: “The supermarket and cinema are already under offer and discussions are progressing with occupiers for the Hotel and Conference and Exhibition Centre.

“Discussions are also taking place with national and regional restaurant groups”

Blue Sky Planning are planning consultants. HNG and Savills are joint letting agents.