Eagles Meadow Wrexham is a 225,000 sq. ft mixed use scheme won by Engle in a council sponsored competition, a significant commercial development on the edge of Wrexham Town Centre, adjacent to the Conservation Area. The scheme is designed around a new urban thoroughfare leading towards St. Giles Church, with its tower as the focal point. A terraced urban park makes a virtue out of the fall across the site. It is a significant development which propelled Wrexham from 187th to 80th on the list of top UK retail destinations.
The development forms an extension to Wrexham’s main shopping street and advantage has been taken of a two storey level difference down into the site. The new plaza is elevated above two floors of parking to link with the High Street.
The design pays respect to the magnificent St Giles Church by setting the axis of the mall to focus views back to the church tower.
Continuing down the open mall to Debenhams the change in site levels is again used to advantage by opening up to the south.
A cascading water feature created from local Welsh slate provides a second dramatic focus for the Debenhams anchor store from the southern approach.
The use of naturally riven slate in feature walling and the landscaping brings a local and familiar material to the urban realm.
The main anchors are Debenhams, M&S, Tenpin Bowling and Odeon Cinemas with 35 other retail and restaurant units.
Above the retail at the western end are two blocks of apartments totalling 48 units. A stepping façade creates residential terraces with views to the church and to the hills beyond.
Images by Alastair Paterson