Project stage: Completed
The Crowngate centre designed in 1989-92 was designed for Controvincial Estates Limited comprising over 330, 000 sq ft retail space and was one of the largest city centre shopping centre projects proposed at the time. The scheme embraces virtually the whole of the North West quadrangle of the city centre and was intended to safeguard Worcester as a regional shopping centre against fierce competition from nearby towns.
The existing 1960's Blackfriars development was partially demolished, extended and comprehensively refurbished. The Frederick Gibberd designed shopping centre links Blackfriars to the high street with two department stores, shops and restaurants. The design encompasses a 780 space multi storey car park and centralised bus station with extensive highway improvements.
Worcester City centre is of important historical interest and great care has been taken in the design to ensure the new buildings preserve the unique heritage of the area.