Wine bar plans for vacant city centre building
A new wine bar could open in Wrexham city centre within a Grade II listed former bank building if plans are given the go-ahead.
Wrexham Council’s planning department has received an application to transform 33 High Street into a bar.
The building is currently empty, and most recently used as Jones Peckover estate agent office space.
According to planning documents, the proposed scheme involves the creation of a new open plan bar on the ground floor. The applicant, Globe Projects Ltd intends to restore the ceiling to its original state using like for like materials.
It was built in 1912 by Grayson and Ould, Architects, for the Bank of Liverpool. The building is part of a number of surrounding protected buildings that fall within the Wrexham Town Centre conservation area.
A design, access and heritage impact statement submitted by HDS Architectural Services with the application says: “The building to be redeveloped is currently empty, its last use was as an estate agent with additional office space above.
“The change of use involves developing the ground floor into a wine bar. Numerous shops, restaurants and public spaces are within close walking distance with amenities to suit the proposals already existing or being developed nearby.
“The proposed development positively utilises a vacant space within an already established area, making use of a derelict building within the newly granted city.”
According to the plans, inside on the ground floor the old office space is to be opened up to create a spacious bar area with lots of seating and a main central service area.
The layout will provide a space where patrons can enjoy a drink and conversation and will make the most of the high ceilings and period features that are unique to the property.
Designated as a Grade II listed building in 1980, the reason given for listing by Cadw is that the building is “a good example of early 20th century commercial architecture, forming part of an important group of commercial buildings.”
The architectural style of the building is based on the ‘Palazzo style’, which refers to a style from the 19th and 20th centuries based upon the palaces of wealthy Italian families of the Italian Renaissance.
The planning statements add: “The proposal provides a new use for listed buildings which will help to ensure that they are maintained and preserved for future generations.
“It is considered that the proposals are sympathetic to the setting, will have a minimal impact on the surroundings and are appropriate in planning terms.”
Wrexham Council planners will make a decision on the application at a future date.
By Rory Sheehan – BBC Local Democracy Reporter
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