SALISBURY: New library, hotel and gym plans approved

SALISBURY: New library, hotel and gym plans approved

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 11:16am 12th September 2019. (Updated at 10:23am 13th September 2019)

Revised plans for the first phase of the Maltings redevelopment have got the go ahead.

Empty shops will be knocked down to make way for a new library, 86 room hotel and gym.

In June a previous application to replace the former British Heart Foundation shop on the corner of Fisherton Street and Malthouse Lane, was thrown out by Wiltshire Council.

Now after changes to the  design to be more in keeping with the characteristics of the area the Strategic Planning Committee have given the scheme the go ahead.

The main change include the removal of one floor, meaning the building is now all under 40ft apart from two lift shafts.

OTHER CHANGES:

  • A wider range of materials
  • A new 3-storey civic-style atrium to the library entrance, orientated to the Playhouse and City Hall
  • A public area to the Fisherton Street frontage, with the building drawn back to allow a greater view of the United Reformed Church
  • The roof would be finished as a sedum brown roof - that's one that is left to self vegetate, to 'provide habitat within the urban environment'
Library hotel plan Maltings CG I View 2
Haskoll Architects and Designers have released this image of how the hotel, gym and library might look from the Shopmobility side

The development forms phase one of the wider vision for the Maltings and Central Car Park regeneration project, as set out in the recently endorsed Masterplan. 

JOHN GLEN'S REACTION

Salisbury's MP has responded to news that the plans have got the go ahead.

He's posted on Twitter, saying it's a 'golden opportunity' for the city: 

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL RESPONSE

Pauline Church, Cabinet Member for South Wiltshire Recovery, said:

"This approval signals the exciting first step in the regeneration of this important site and will bring an enhanced retail, leisure and residential offer benefitting our residents, businesses and visitors. 

"This is the start of Salisbury's journey. We have an ambitious programme of projects in the pipeline that will boost the city's economy and provide an environment that will support culture, retail, learning and social interaction with the aim of making Salisbury a destination of choice."

Maltings Library Fisherton Street Malthouse Lane Development Plans August 2019
The planning application included drawings of how the new development will be built - this image is from the Malthouse Lane side

Councillor John Farquhar, Chairman of the Salisbury City Council Planning Committee, said:

"When I saw this third application, I just said "Wow!"  I was delighted and impressed that the architects had listened to the critics of their earlier designs, taken the concerns onboard, and produced a truly stunning, exciting and stylish concept that not only addresses my committee's concerns, but will give the Salisbury community a building - containing library, hotel and fitness services - of which we can be proud.  The reduction in the building's height from four floors to three was the icing on the cake.  Well done to the design team!"

There's no word yet on when work might start on the development.

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