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The Leadworks

Project Details

£10m to £49.99M

Practice

Tweed Nuttall Warburton

Chapel House , City Road , CHESTER , Cheshire , CH1 3AE , United Kingdom

A scheme of two hundred and twenty-five apartments designed on land surrounding a listed Lead Shot Tower. The Leadworks dates back to the 18th century when musket shot was produced for the Napoleonic Wars by dropping molten metal from the top of the Shot Tower into vats of cooling water at the tower's base. The scheme is in the heart of the Boughton Canal Corridor Development Area in Chester and is central to establishing the character and vitality of this mixed use quarter. A key challenge was to marry together a variety of scales of building and evolve an appropriate infrastructure to accommodate high density living, extensive office space and central leisure facilities. The leadworks was a very impermeable area, a large 4.5 acre site not only without through connections but also with a relatively sparse level of human activity. The new uses will greatly increase the vitality, dynamism and permeability of the whole neighbourhood.