Chemical firm’s ‘village layout’ at heart of scheme to replace ageing offices
CHEMICALS giant Inovyn has applied to demolish an ageing office building and replace it with a modern construction alongside a staff wellbeing centre.
A design statement filed to Halton Borough Council said the works at Bankes Lane in Weston Point will include improved access, landscaping, parking and ancillary buildings.
Artist’s impressions submitted as part of a design and access statement showed the firm is anticipating a more contemporary style with large ceiling-to-floor windows and a predominantly black and grey colour scheme, with a purple company logo on top of the building.
Architects firm MLA has said the office will be ‘a simple and elegant building with a timeless quality’, with a layout based on a ‘village’ with a square at the heart.
The office is anticipated to have 66,000 sq ft of internal floor space.
A reservoir, which is no longer needed, would be demolished if the plans go ahead.
The existing office is a red brick cuboid building.
Inovyn was formerly known as Ineos ChlorVinyls, and has 4,300 employee in 10 countries across Europe, creating products for sectors ranging from automotive, building and construction to paints paints, food food, health and water treatment.
Its Runcorn base was previously the domain of chemicals giant ICI.
The design statement said: “The proposal at the Runcorn site is to provide modern Grade ‘A’ office accommodation for Inovyn’s staff, consolidating a series of disparate and dated buildings and provide a ● s centralised base that will improve efficiency and c communications between different departments based at Inovyn’s extensive site.”
Public consultation is due to r run until December 27.
Halton Borough Council aims t to decide the matter by February 2 29.
To view the plans, visit Halton Council’s planning portal online or any Direct Link office in person, quoting application reference 18/00578/FUL.
Above, the intended office block planned by Inovyn to replace the existing ageing structure, left