Cathedral Plaza revamp gets the go-ahead

Cathedral Plaza revamp gets the go-ahead

Exterior of the Travelodge, Cathedral Plaza,Worcester. Pic Jonathan Barry 20.8.14 3414680504 (9505657)

Latest artists impression of the proposed development at Cathedral Plaza (5805680)

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A MULTI-MILLION pound revamp of Worcester’s Cathedral Plaza has been given the go-ahead.

The scheme by Salmon Harvester Opportunity Fund, which bought Cathedral Plaza last year, was granted planning permission by Worcester City Council on Thursday and will see the 220,000 sq ft shopping centre heavily redeveloped and create a new public square in the area between the high street and the Cathedral.

The revamped shopping centre, which was built in 1968, will include space for a range of new, larger shops, seven new restaurants and an underground gym with timber and metal fins used on the external areas of the centre to improve its overall appearance.

The existing large roundabout will be removed and trees on it felled while a new, smaller roundabout will be created outside Knight Frank in College Street.

Members of the council’s planning committee threw their support behind the plans, which include the former Sainsbury’s store which has been empty since the supermarket chain pulled out in 2007, at Thursday’s meeting, although Cllr Paul Denham said it was not quite as radical as he may have liked.

“Most of us here would prefer the building to be knocked down and started again but we are where we are,” he said.

“I actually think the developer has done a very good job – it’s a great development and much better than what’s there now.

Although Cllr Denham said it was “a pity” the roundabout could not be removed entirely, Worcestershire County Council highways officer Bob Pender said this was not a realistic idea.

“There is a general view that we haven’t been brave enough to make the whole Cathedral square shared space,” he said.

“The problem is it’s an A-road heading to and from a single river crossing.

“Until perhaps we get another bridge this is an ideal compromise.”

A public consultation earlier this year showed 78 per cent of people in Worcester were supportive of the plans while 88 per cent approved of the idea to create a public square.

Although the meeting heard the Diocese of Worcester – which runs the Cathedral – had thrown its support behind the plans, members were also told the organisation had said it did not like the name ‘Cathedral Plaza’ and had suggested it be changed to ‘Cathedral Square’.

Cllr Pat Agar agreed with the idea, saying: “I think ‘Plaza’ sounds a bit dated and 1960s to be honest”.

Cllr Lynn Denham said she was pleased Salmon Harvester was bringing cash into Worcester.

“We should very much welcome the investment in the city and the opportunity to make improvements,” she said.

“It’s a significant improvement.”

Members voted unanimously to grant the application while also to ask Salmon Harvester about changing the name of the area and ensuring the materials used in the revamp were thermally efficient.

It is believed building work will get underway later this year with the first shops opening next spring, creating up to 100 new jobs.

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5:49pm Thu 21 Aug 14

citykid says...

What about the loss of jobs ie Edinburgh wool shop, closing because of this. Such a shame as a great shop. How many more restaurants do we need
What about the loss of jobs ie Edinburgh wool shop, closing because of this. Such a shame as a great shop. How many more restaurants do we need citykid
  • Score: -8

6:36pm Thu 21 Aug 14

brooksider says...

citykid wrote:
What about the loss of jobs ie Edinburgh wool shop, closing because of this. Such a shame as a great shop. How many more restaurants do we need
What was interesting on TV last night was the MD of Carluccio's saying how badly hit they were by one restaurant opening.
I wonder what will happen when 7 open up!
[quote][p][bold]citykid[/bold] wrote: What about the loss of jobs ie Edinburgh wool shop, closing because of this. Such a shame as a great shop. How many more restaurants do we need[/p][/quote]What was interesting on TV last night was the MD of Carluccio's saying how badly hit they were by one restaurant opening. I wonder what will happen when 7 open up! brooksider
  • Score: 5

6:39pm Thu 21 Aug 14

citykid says...

brooksider wrote:
citykid wrote:
What about the loss of jobs ie Edinburgh wool shop, closing because of this. Such a shame as a great shop. How many more restaurants do we need
What was interesting on TV last night was the MD of Carluccio's saying how badly hit they were by one restaurant opening.
I wonder what will happen when 7 open up!
Yes I saw that totally agree, no doubt they they will squeeze card shop in as well
[quote][p][bold]brooksider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]citykid[/bold] wrote: What about the loss of jobs ie Edinburgh wool shop, closing because of this. Such a shame as a great shop. How many more restaurants do we need[/p][/quote]What was interesting on TV last night was the MD of Carluccio's saying how badly hit they were by one restaurant opening. I wonder what will happen when 7 open up![/p][/quote]Yes I saw that totally agree, no doubt they they will squeeze card shop in as well citykid
  • Score: 0

7:35pm Thu 21 Aug 14

skychip says...

We seem to have heard about this before - just let's see it done this time.
We seem to have heard about this before - just let's see it done this time. skychip
  • Score: 2

7:48pm Thu 21 Aug 14

CYNIC_AL says...

Seven new restaurants or seven new bookmakers, mobile phone shops or pizza/fried chicken takeaways? Most of the new retail units in St Martin's Quarter are still empty so what businesses are going to open up in a revamped plaza?
Seven new restaurants or seven new bookmakers, mobile phone shops or pizza/fried chicken takeaways? Most of the new retail units in St Martin's Quarter are still empty so what businesses are going to open up in a revamped plaza? CYNIC_AL
  • Score: 17

7:50pm Thu 21 Aug 14

boris001 says...

I think this is just what cathedral plaza needs, it has lost its appearence over the years. A new brighter start for Worcester's old lychgate. as for Edinburgh swollen mill they will probably be transfered to other stores.
I think this is just what cathedral plaza needs, it has lost its appearence over the years. A new brighter start for Worcester's old lychgate. as for Edinburgh swollen mill they will probably be transfered to other stores. boris001
  • Score: 14

7:53pm Thu 21 Aug 14

boris001 says...

I mean woollen
I mean woollen boris001
  • Score: 1

9:36pm Thu 21 Aug 14

originalG says...

We need good quality shops and restaurants - Worcester is severely lacking good restaurants compared with many other local towns and cities. We have a few chains but very few interesting independents. We have a lot of indian restaurants in Worcester, which is fine, but some new styles of food would be great in the city centre. No more pizza places or kebab shops! Zizzi is a welcome restaurant, but it would be lovely to see independent cafes too. A late night cafe/music spot would be great too.
The town sometimes feels dead after 7pm, so bringing a bit of life to the area near the cathedral is a good idea.

Not so sure about a smaller roundabout? The traffic always very busy, not sure how it will cope exactly. It may have been a better idea to demolish the entire shopping centre from behind H&M onwards and create a square there? That way there would be good open space but no change to the road?
Let's hope it as some old world charm and doesn't look like the monotone Asda area... we can hope can't we!
We need good quality shops and restaurants - Worcester is severely lacking good restaurants compared with many other local towns and cities. We have a few chains but very few interesting independents. We have a lot of indian restaurants in Worcester, which is fine, but some new styles of food would be great in the city centre. No more pizza places or kebab shops! Zizzi is a welcome restaurant, but it would be lovely to see independent cafes too. A late night cafe/music spot would be great too. The town sometimes feels dead after 7pm, so bringing a bit of life to the area near the cathedral is a good idea. Not so sure about a smaller roundabout? The traffic always very busy, not sure how it will cope exactly. It may have been a better idea to demolish the entire shopping centre from behind H&M onwards and create a square there? That way there would be good open space but no change to the road? Let's hope it as some old world charm and doesn't look like the monotone Asda area... we can hope can't we! originalG
  • Score: 5

8:15am Fri 22 Aug 14

Battenhall says...

Ha. So the MD of Carluccios having a gripe about them losing business when new premises open. Perhaps they didn't notice the failure of the Worcester Arts Cafe opposite them shortly after they moved to town.
What goes around comes around as they say!
Ha. So the MD of Carluccios having a gripe about them losing business when new premises open. Perhaps they didn't notice the failure of the Worcester Arts Cafe opposite them shortly after they moved to town. What goes around comes around as they say! Battenhall
  • Score: 9

8:57am Fri 22 Aug 14

Worcester Lad says...

All sounds very nice. Hope there will be plenty of public transport to take customers to these new facilities or will the city need more taxis.
All sounds very nice. Hope there will be plenty of public transport to take customers to these new facilities or will the city need more taxis. Worcester Lad
  • Score: 2

10:06am Fri 22 Aug 14

MJI says...

It is called Lychgate, always has.

And it is a concrete monstrosity
It is called Lychgate, always has. And it is a concrete monstrosity MJI
  • Score: 3

10:10am Fri 22 Aug 14

boris001 says...

MJI wrote:
It is called Lychgate, always has.

And it is a concrete monstrosity
That's why it's being renovated to look Modern.
There's no pleasing some people.
[quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: It is called Lychgate, always has. And it is a concrete monstrosity[/p][/quote]That's why it's being renovated to look Modern. There's no pleasing some people. boris001
  • Score: 2

10:47am Fri 22 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

What the TV programme about Carluccios demonstrated was a total lack of management who couldn't forsee another branch opening a few hundred yards away NOT AFFECTING their trade, and also after 25 years in the business the CEO had absolutlely NO MANAGEMENT SKILLS / AWARENESS DID HE?
What the TV programme about Carluccios demonstrated was a total lack of management who couldn't forsee another branch opening a few hundred yards away NOT AFFECTING their trade, and also after 25 years in the business the CEO had absolutlely NO MANAGEMENT SKILLS / AWARENESS DID HE? Jabbadad
  • Score: -1

1:13pm Fri 22 Aug 14

dave cus says...

how about a museum of Lytchgate, visitor attractor centre, work-shops, some top brand label names and a small store like Waitrose?
how about a museum of Lytchgate, visitor attractor centre, work-shops, some top brand label names and a small store like Waitrose? dave cus
  • Score: 2

1:16pm Fri 22 Aug 14

dave cus says...

Jabbadad wrote:
What the TV programme about Carluccios demonstrated was a total lack of management who couldn't forsee another branch opening a few hundred yards away NOT AFFECTING their trade, and also after 25 years in the business the CEO had absolutlely NO MANAGEMENT SKILLS / AWARENESS DID HE?
Tesco has a lot of management skills! expect a new one opening soon..
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: What the TV programme about Carluccios demonstrated was a total lack of management who couldn't forsee another branch opening a few hundred yards away NOT AFFECTING their trade, and also after 25 years in the business the CEO had absolutlely NO MANAGEMENT SKILLS / AWARENESS DID HE?[/p][/quote]Tesco has a lot of management skills! expect a new one opening soon.. dave cus
  • Score: 1

1:20pm Fri 22 Aug 14

dave cus says...

CYNIC_AL wrote:
Seven new restaurants or seven new bookmakers, mobile phone shops or pizza/fried chicken takeaways? Most of the new retail units in St Martin's Quarter are still empty so what businesses are going to open up in a revamped plaza?
last updated in 1968, so its outdated and needs a makeover :)
[quote][p][bold]CYNIC_AL[/bold] wrote: Seven new restaurants or seven new bookmakers, mobile phone shops or pizza/fried chicken takeaways? Most of the new retail units in St Martin's Quarter are still empty so what businesses are going to open up in a revamped plaza?[/p][/quote]last updated in 1968, so its outdated and needs a makeover :) dave cus
  • Score: 1

1:57pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Bushi says...

Great Idea, I'm glad it's being done. We have a fabulous attraction with the Cathedral and the area around it was not exploiting that attraction. I too would have liked them to be more bold redesigning it to be in sympathy with it's surrounding. It's a pity they have a roundabout. I can't really see the point, the only people I can see using it are the parents From Kings School who use it to turn around after dropping off their Children. I think we'll have big hold ups in the morning when they're dropping them off during rush hour, it can be pretty bad now and that's with a big roundabout.
Some restauranteurs are worried about all this competition, I would say "step up to the mark, make you restaurant better and you'll win more custom, if they all step up people from farther afield will come to Worcester to dine. In Manchester there is an area called the 'Rusholme mile', every other shop is an Indian restaurant, they are all busy, all selling good food and all selling it at a competitive price. Competition can work.
Great Idea, I'm glad it's being done. We have a fabulous attraction with the Cathedral and the area around it was not exploiting that attraction. I too would have liked them to be more bold redesigning it to be in sympathy with it's surrounding. It's a pity they have a roundabout. I can't really see the point, the only people I can see using it are the parents From Kings School who use it to turn around after dropping off their Children. I think we'll have big hold ups in the morning when they're dropping them off during rush hour, it can be pretty bad now and that's with a big roundabout. Some restauranteurs are worried about all this competition, I would say "step up to the mark, make you restaurant better and you'll win more custom, if they all step up people from farther afield will come to Worcester to dine. In Manchester there is an area called the 'Rusholme mile', every other shop is an Indian restaurant, they are all busy, all selling good food and all selling it at a competitive price. Competition can work. Bushi
  • Score: 4

3:12pm Fri 22 Aug 14

anst11 says...

By the beard of Zeus will someone just knock down Edgar Tower outside Shrub Hill Station??? That should be on top of the list!!!!
By the beard of Zeus will someone just knock down Edgar Tower outside Shrub Hill Station??? That should be on top of the list!!!! anst11
  • Score: 21

3:42pm Fri 22 Aug 14

absinthe says...

The main reasons for Worcester's traffic problems, other than the need for a new bridge, are the two private schools - the Grammar and the Kings. Just compare the difference in flow of traffic in and out of term time. Both should be forced to move out of the city. Every side street is chocka with chelsea tractors using them as rat runs. That way a smaller roundabout outside the cathedral would be sufficient.
The main reasons for Worcester's traffic problems, other than the need for a new bridge, are the two private schools - the Grammar and the Kings. Just compare the difference in flow of traffic in and out of term time. Both should be forced to move out of the city. Every side street is chocka with chelsea tractors using them as rat runs. That way a smaller roundabout outside the cathedral would be sufficient. absinthe
  • Score: 1

4:03pm Fri 22 Aug 14

dave cus says...

Tesco has a lot of management skills! expect a new one opening soon...THTYHING.
Tesco has a lot of management skills! expect a new one opening soon...THTYHING. dave cus
  • Score: -2

4:54pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

Is the comment Tesco has management skills reflected that they are posting disasterous sales figures. And i certainly don't see the Tesco welcome when visit their local supermarkets, unlike Tesco express in Warndon who kept previous staff who do speak to you and are pleasant.
Is the comment Tesco has management skills reflected that they are posting disasterous sales figures. And i certainly don't see the Tesco welcome when visit their local supermarkets, unlike Tesco express in Warndon who kept previous staff who do speak to you and are pleasant. Jabbadad
  • Score: -3

5:02pm Fri 22 Aug 14

brooksider says...

boris001 wrote:
I mean woollen
I will always think of them as Edinburgh swollen mill from now on.
[quote][p][bold]boris001[/bold] wrote: I mean woollen[/p][/quote]I will always think of them as Edinburgh swollen mill from now on. brooksider
  • Score: 8

5:17pm Fri 22 Aug 14

MrAG83 says...

originalG wrote:
We need good quality shops and restaurants - Worcester is severely lacking good restaurants compared with many other local towns and cities. We have a few chains but very few interesting independents. We have a lot of indian restaurants in Worcester, which is fine, but some new styles of food would be great in the city centre. No more pizza places or kebab shops! Zizzi is a welcome restaurant, but it would be lovely to see independent cafes too. A late night cafe/music spot would be great too.
The town sometimes feels dead after 7pm, so bringing a bit of life to the area near the cathedral is a good idea.

Not so sure about a smaller roundabout? The traffic always very busy, not sure how it will cope exactly. It may have been a better idea to demolish the entire shopping centre from behind H&M onwards and create a square there? That way there would be good open space but no change to the road?
Let's hope it as some old world charm and doesn't look like the monotone Asda area... we can hope can't we!
What about Olive Branch, Saffrons, Chesters, Thai Gallery, Bindles, Boleros to name but a few? I think Worcester is well served by great quality independant restaurants, though it can't hurt to have more.
[quote][p][bold]originalG[/bold] wrote: We need good quality shops and restaurants - Worcester is severely lacking good restaurants compared with many other local towns and cities. We have a few chains but very few interesting independents. We have a lot of indian restaurants in Worcester, which is fine, but some new styles of food would be great in the city centre. No more pizza places or kebab shops! Zizzi is a welcome restaurant, but it would be lovely to see independent cafes too. A late night cafe/music spot would be great too. The town sometimes feels dead after 7pm, so bringing a bit of life to the area near the cathedral is a good idea. Not so sure about a smaller roundabout? The traffic always very busy, not sure how it will cope exactly. It may have been a better idea to demolish the entire shopping centre from behind H&M onwards and create a square there? That way there would be good open space but no change to the road? Let's hope it as some old world charm and doesn't look like the monotone Asda area... we can hope can't we![/p][/quote]What about Olive Branch, Saffrons, Chesters, Thai Gallery, Bindles, Boleros to name but a few? I think Worcester is well served by great quality independant restaurants, though it can't hurt to have more. MrAG83
  • Score: 5

5:54pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

Yep these days My son is in town much more than me , and frequently comments on the range of food available in the City. Apart of course for the food snobbo's who are not pleased / satisfied unless thay have paid £10+ for a dish of cold soup starter with a sprig of something floating on the top called something else, but is a dish of cold soup.
I am hesitant to think that Worcester can support 4 new restaurants, perhaps it will be one each for the food snobbos who post on here?
Yep these days My son is in town much more than me , and frequently comments on the range of food available in the City. Apart of course for the food snobbo's who are not pleased / satisfied unless thay have paid £10+ for a dish of cold soup starter with a sprig of something floating on the top called something else, but is a dish of cold soup. I am hesitant to think that Worcester can support 4 new restaurants, perhaps it will be one each for the food snobbos who post on here? Jabbadad
  • Score: -9

10:22pm Fri 22 Aug 14

FranHH says...

There may well be jobs created, but also a number of small businesses have had to leave, so their jobs have gone.
There may well be jobs created, but also a number of small businesses have had to leave, so their jobs have gone. FranHH
  • Score: 2

4:40pm Sat 23 Aug 14

worcestersfinest says...

I like this idea, just hope it works, new restaurants are likely to be chains I would say but it would be nice to see some independent ones too.

As for st martins quarter, why would anyone open a restaurant there? It's hardly a nice area and not that accessible from the city centre compared to most places!
I like this idea, just hope it works, new restaurants are likely to be chains I would say but it would be nice to see some independent ones too. As for st martins quarter, why would anyone open a restaurant there? It's hardly a nice area and not that accessible from the city centre compared to most places! worcestersfinest
  • Score: 2

7:05am Mon 25 Aug 14

Bufton Tufton says...

brooksider wrote:
boris001 wrote:
I mean woollen
I will always think of them as Edinburgh swollen mill from now on.
Nothing they sell has ever been anywhere near Edinburgh or Hawick. All comes from Asian sweat shops but still sad for the shops employees who will lose there jobs.
[quote][p][bold]brooksider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boris001[/bold] wrote: I mean woollen[/p][/quote]I will always think of them as Edinburgh swollen mill from now on.[/p][/quote]Nothing they sell has ever been anywhere near Edinburgh or Hawick. All comes from Asian sweat shops but still sad for the shops employees who will lose there jobs. Bufton Tufton
  • Score: 3

7:11am Mon 25 Aug 14

Bufton Tufton says...

Jabbadad wrote:
Is the comment Tesco has management skills reflected that they are posting disasterous sales figures. And i certainly don't see the Tesco welcome when visit their local supermarkets, unlike Tesco express in Warndon who kept previous staff who do speak to you and are pleasant.
Its not just Tesco, the entire supermarket sector is undergoing a structural change. Say what you like about Tesco but it accounts for one third of all grocery sales in the UK and it is, would you believe, the SECOND LARGEST RETAILER IN THE WORLD ! Tesco will recover and many people rely on at for employment. Perhaps we should dig up Jack Cohen and see if he can sort it out.
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Is the comment Tesco has management skills reflected that they are posting disasterous sales figures. And i certainly don't see the Tesco welcome when visit their local supermarkets, unlike Tesco express in Warndon who kept previous staff who do speak to you and are pleasant.[/p][/quote]Its not just Tesco, the entire supermarket sector is undergoing a structural change. Say what you like about Tesco but it accounts for one third of all grocery sales in the UK and it is, would you believe, the SECOND LARGEST RETAILER IN THE WORLD ! Tesco will recover and many people rely on at for employment. Perhaps we should dig up Jack Cohen and see if he can sort it out. Bufton Tufton
  • Score: 2

12:22pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

Well yes wasn't there a Tesco in the Shambles many moons ago,
Well yes wasn't there a Tesco in the Shambles many moons ago, Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

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