The centre will not be getting a roof, it was of course an April Fool!
Quite a few people spotted it straight away, although many did take it seriously and gave some strong feedback with the most common being that it should have had one when it was first built!
As Steve tweeted us: “Shouldn’t April fools be silly things rather than good ideas? The real joke was forgetting the roof first time!”
There were too many Facebook comments to choose from – you can read them all by clicking here!
Other local April Fools that we have spotted include the announcement by the Maelor School on how they are due to be opening a zoo complete with elephants, issues under the Guildhall after rabbit warrens were discovered and the Daily Post running with a story how yesterdays hold ups at the Post House were due to a battery pack failure!
Our other April Fools have been…
– The news that the A483 is due to become a toll road
– The new prison is to be called HMP Chester
– Wrexham Council declared the town as the Capital City of Wales
Original spoof below…
The design and access statement of the application cites the need for cover to ‘enhance the retail experience’ and ‘protect shoppers from the often inclement weather’.
The plans indicate two new roof areas, with the first being over a row of shops, and the second resulting in an ‘open doughnut’ around the food court area. The end facing St Giles containing the retail and residential mix will not be roofed and will remain open.
The above plan is included in the proposals with the new roof areas indicated in grey. Section 1 indicated on the plan is described as a ‘iconic span’ with Section 2 being a ‘glass dome’ with an open middle.
Computer generated imagery is provided to show how the new roof could look, with new cladding on some stores being added at the same time.
The application by Swan Architects details a brief history of the centre saying: “Eagles Meadow Wrexham is a 225,000 sq. ft mixed use commercial development on the edge of Wrexham Town Centre. The development forms an extension to the main shopping street and has propelled Wrexham up the list of top top UK retail destinations.”
Peter Ian Staker from Swan says in his statement: “The scheme is focussed around a new urban thoroughfare leading towards St. Giles Church which features a cascading water feature created from local Welsh slate complementing the Petrarch stone panels. The new roof designs will reflect and maintain this focus on the ‘spanish steps’ maintaining an open outlook across the town”.
A date has yet to be set for when Councillors of the Planning Committee will consider the application.