Chem­i­cal firm’s ‘vil­lage lay­out’ at heart of scheme to re­place age­ing of­fices

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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

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