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28th Nov, 2021

Revised plan for Lowesmoor revamp revealed

Rob George 17th Oct, 2021

A MAJOR £85 million waterside development in Worcester has been revised after consultation with council chiefs.

Godwin Developments, working in partnership with Lowesmoor Regeneration Ltd, has submitted updated plans for its waterside mixed-used scheme after the feedback.

The development is an ambitious regeneration scheme of eight buildings and public spaces, designed by award winning architects Apt. When built, it will transform the currently industrialised canalside location in central Worcester.

Lowesmoor Wharf will provide 238 modern spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with balconies. Occupants will have access to private indoor and outdoor spaces – such as rooftop terraces and community areas – across the six residential buildings.

As a direct response to the feedback, the community and various organisations, the height of the tallest element of the scheme has now been significantly reduced to match the requirements of the Worcester City masterplan.

The scheme now steps up from three to a maximum of eight storeys at Lowesmoor Terrace, with two of the canal facing buildings having also been reduced by a storey each. In doing so, the development integrates into the surrounding landscape and the wider Worcester skyline.

An expert assessment on the visual impact of the amended proposals – also submitted as a part of the revised plans – has also been carried out and demonstrates views of Worcester Cathedral and other significant landmarks in the city are not compromised.

Additionally, the proposed landscaping throughout the scheme has been improved significantly to include suggestions by Worcester City Council and the Canal and River Trust, the charity with guardianship over the UK’s waterways.

As with the previous proposals, the scheme will continue to prioritise the use of walking and cycling, as well as public transport and therefore will be mostly car free.

However it will now include 12 car parking spaces and operate a ‘car club’ model for the benefit of residents. This will allow car sharing – including disabled parking spaces and EV charging – while the 606 secure cycle storage spaces on-site will improve walking and cycling opportunities throughout the development and further afield.

The retention of heritage assets on-site has also been carefully considered, with the proposed scheme planning to carefully restore, for community use, the Portmaster’s House and the buildings facing Lowesmoor Wharf.

Development director at Godwin Developments, Matt Chandler, said: “We are grateful to those who have engaged and worked with us constructively over the last few months and helped us shape the plans which we are excited to bring forward today.

Visit www.lowesmoorwharf.com for visit the meeting at the Worcester Whitehouse Hotel on Foregate Street on Wednesday (October 20) from 5pm to 8pm for more.

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