There’s a vision for Wrexham Gateway to create a new landmark mixed-use leisure, employment and residential scheme around a modern strategic transportation hub and football stadium. With global media attention focused on Wrexham FC’s new owners Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds, the Gateway Masterplan also reflect the cities new found confidence and investment potential as one of the UK’s newest cities.
The regeneration area encompasses a significant gateway to the city centre covering Wrexham FC’s Racecourse Football Ground, areas of Wrexham Glyndwr University (WGU) Campus, Wrexham General Station and adjoining parcels of land. Wrexham County Borough Council in conjunction with Welsh Government, the University and Transport for Wales have established a Partnership to deliver the Wrexham Gateway – a strategic project capturing the benefits of the recently awarded city status and ambition to become a national and regional place of significance to live, work, visit and invest.
The Partnership has previously commissioned two masterplan studies of the area along with site acquisitions and several focussed studies to support the project. However, as knowledge about the complex range of proposed developments and site constraints have materialised it has become apparent that a unifying masterplan is required updating the previous studies. Proposed developments include a new Kop Stand for the Racecourse integrating a conference centre and adjoining hotel providing a new landmark feature. New office accommodation adjacent to the train station would serve high profile occupiers already lining up for modern floorspace in the city.
The appointed team for the masterplan refresh is led by AFL Architects with support from Element Urbanism and Owen Davies Consulting. All three practices are currently working in Wrexham on adjoining and complementary schemes including AFL’s support for Wrexham FC’s ground improvements and ODC’s studies to support Wrexham’s successful bid for City Status and ongoing preparation of the City Centre Placemaking Strategy.