Cathedral Plaza shopping centre revamp could create 100 jobs for Worcester

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A REVAMP of a Worcester shopping centre with restaurants and a new public square could create up to 100 city jobs.

The new-look Cathedral Plaza moved a step closer as detailed plans were handed in to Worcester City Council by the Salmon Harvester Opportunity Fund.

The "multi-million" scheme is for the redevelopment of its 220,000 sq ft shopping centre, creating seven new restaurants overlooking a new public square in front of the Cathedral and remodelled shop units, a gym and foodstore. Talks are underway with a number of operators who may locate their businesses at the new centre.

The submission follows an extensive consultation with the people of Worcester, in which 78 per cent of respondents supported the overall approach and 88 per cent supported the proposal to introduce a new public square after 86 people filled in questionnaires to gauge public opinion.

Nick Webb of Salmon Harvester Opportunity Fund said: “Our plans are aimed at attracting new, good quality restaurants and shops to Worcester and increasing shopper dwell time in the city centre for the benefit of all concerned. We are delighted with the support we have received as investment like this is vital for the long term vitality of the city centre. ”

Subject to planning permission, the project will get underway early next year with the new restaurants and shops open in spring 2016.

The plans were also welcomed by Adrian Field, head of Worcester BID (Business Improvement District), set up in April 2010 as a non-for-profit organisation with the aim of improving the trading conditions for the businesses who contribute a BID levy.

Mr Field said: "It is an exciting project for an area of the city centre which most agree needs investment and regeneration and will improve the city centre's shopping and evening economy offer. 81,437 people walked past our High Street footfall counter in that area last week and this figure would be expected to rise significantly if the plans are carried out. The opportunity to create a much needed open space in the city centre is welcomed as is the chance to enhance the link between this development and the Cathedral and planned Cultural Quarter on the former Porcelain Works site."

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5:24pm Thu 5 Jun 14

CJH says...

"...could create up to 100 city jobs", with the emphasis on 'could'.
"...could create up to 100 city jobs", with the emphasis on 'could'. CJH
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5:50pm Thu 5 Jun 14

DarrenM says...

CJH wrote:
"...could create up to 100 city jobs", with the emphasis on 'could'.
yes they were saying something similar when they came up with another grandiose plan to build a large shopping large centre, just as the bulldozers went into the last surviving Medieval Lich gate in Western Europe - Where was that again?
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: "...could create up to 100 city jobs", with the emphasis on 'could'.[/p][/quote]yes they were saying something similar when they came up with another grandiose plan to build a large shopping large centre, just as the bulldozers went into the last surviving Medieval Lich gate in Western Europe - Where was that again? DarrenM
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7:52am Fri 6 Jun 14

truth must out says...

Yeah the 100 jobs would be the people who would build yet another white elephant in Worcester. Can't fill Crowngate or St Martins so why build another complex???
Yeah the 100 jobs would be the people who would build yet another white elephant in Worcester. Can't fill Crowngate or St Martins so why build another complex??? truth must out
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8:37am Fri 6 Jun 14

Gorecki says...

truth must out wrote:
Yeah the 100 jobs would be the people who would build yet another white elephant in Worcester. Can't fill Crowngate or St Martins so why build another complex???
This is different though, the complex already exists and has demand (active leases). A renovation makes sense.

The additional provision of a gym and a supermarket (and to some extent a public square), would also benefit the immediate area, which has none.
[quote][p][bold]truth must out[/bold] wrote: Yeah the 100 jobs would be the people who would build yet another white elephant in Worcester. Can't fill Crowngate or St Martins so why build another complex???[/p][/quote]This is different though, the complex already exists and has demand (active leases). A renovation makes sense. The additional provision of a gym and a supermarket (and to some extent a public square), would also benefit the immediate area, which has none. Gorecki
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9:06am Fri 6 Jun 14

3thinker says...

I'm sure the job creation figures quoted are technically correct. It is however grossly misleading for this and all the other developers to imply any net increase in jobs.

People are already employed in the current businesses that will be displaced.

Many of the new businesses will take custom away from existing businesses. THose that will suffer most are likely to be the smaller locally owned businesses who actually pump more into the local economy as a result of higher usage of local supply chains and local labour.

The developer will probably only let units to national chains so existing and new local businesses won't be allowed in.

Result. The new development may make the town look 'prettier' (can't be any worse than what we have!), but it will only add to making Worcester look like any other town or city with the same nationally branded retail and restaurant chains.

Its actual impact on net job creation is likely to be marginal, at best and could actually be negative when the local economic multiplier effects of the current and future occupiers are taken into account.
I'm sure the job creation figures quoted are technically correct. It is however grossly misleading for this and all the other developers to imply any net increase in jobs. People are already employed in the current businesses that will be displaced. Many of the new businesses will take custom away from existing businesses. THose that will suffer most are likely to be the smaller locally owned businesses who actually pump more into the local economy as a result of higher usage of local supply chains and local labour. The developer will probably only let units to national chains so existing and new local businesses won't be allowed in. Result. The new development may make the town look 'prettier' (can't be any worse than what we have!), but it will only add to making Worcester look like any other town or city with the same nationally branded retail and restaurant chains. Its actual impact on net job creation is likely to be marginal, at best and could actually be negative when the local economic multiplier effects of the current and future occupiers are taken into account. 3thinker
  • Score: 2

12:19pm Fri 6 Jun 14

BC10ax says...

At face value, this looks like a good idea.

However, I am always very suspicious of claims of 'new jobs'.

What kind of jobs? Knowing Worcester, the "new restaurants" will probably be a Costas, surrounded by a range of multiple store outlets.

The area will come out looking better, which is great, but I doubt it will bring much in terms of extra employment or prosperity.
At face value, this looks like a good idea. However, I am always very suspicious of claims of 'new jobs'. What kind of jobs? Knowing Worcester, the "new restaurants" will probably be a Costas, surrounded by a range of multiple store outlets. The area will come out looking better, which is great, but I doubt it will bring much in terms of extra employment or prosperity. BC10ax
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3:13pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Hwicce says...

The artists impression gives a pretty warped view.

The "square" isn't going to be very large, more like a public handkerchief. I suppose it's better than nothing but it is only just more than nothing.

If you really want to do a good job, put the road in a tunnel under it and have a square all the way across from Elgar to the Cathedral. Now THAT would be worth having.
The artists impression gives a pretty warped view. The "square" isn't going to be very large, more like a public handkerchief. I suppose it's better than nothing but it is only just more than nothing. If you really want to do a good job, put the road in a tunnel under it and have a square all the way across from Elgar to the Cathedral. Now THAT would be worth having. Hwicce
  • Score: 3

2:03am Mon 9 Jun 14

roary01 says...

Maybe instead of more food outlets Worcester should get some retail shops to attract people into the town other than phone and coffee shops
Maybe instead of more food outlets Worcester should get some retail shops to attract people into the town other than phone and coffee shops roary01
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2:36am Mon 9 Jun 14

CJH says...

roary01 wrote:
Maybe instead of more food outlets Worcester should get some retail shops to attract people into the town other than phone and coffee shops
To go with all the other empty retail shops?
[quote][p][bold]roary01[/bold] wrote: Maybe instead of more food outlets Worcester should get some retail shops to attract people into the town other than phone and coffee shops[/p][/quote]To go with all the other empty retail shops? CJH
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