Planning consent to convert retail and office spaces to 5 new restaurants to complete the Pepper Street Dining Quarter has been granted.
Receiving planning consent for such a design sensitive location as the heart of historic Chester is never easy, but the planners were enthusiastic about our scheme to remodel the ugly Pepper House that adjoins The Grosvenor Shopping Centre.
The existing brutalist concrete cladding will be stripped away at ground and first floor to be replaced by sleek bronze cladding in various tones to reflect the local stone colours. The upper floor will be retained and refurbished.
Large expanses of glazing and bold graphics at first floor will attract diners to the five new restaurants.
Terraces will be formed at first floor level to add sheltered external spaces for al-fresco dining. These overlook the first four restaurants which were completed last year on the south side of Pepper Street.
New paving, new shopfronts, refurbished public toilets and bold soffit cladding and lighting will brighten up the public realm colonnade at street level.
Construction is due to commence early in 2017.