Northern Gateway

Northern Gateway

Northern Gateway Chesterfield

A revised Northern Gateway scheme was approved by Chesterfield Borough Council in July 2016 to improve the town’s northern entrance and create 500 jobs.

The plans include an enterprise centre for start-up and medium sized businesses on the site of Holywell Cross (Donut) car park as well as the provision of a new Saltergate multi-storey car park and environmental and street improvements to Elder Way and part of Knifesmithgate, to improve the area for pedestrians and encourage more people to use the area.

The revised Northern Gateway project will be funded by a Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund grant of £5.83 million.

The council has contributed £3.5 million to the scheme with the Co-op redevelopment being paid for by the private sector.

Chesterfield Enterprise Centre

The plans for Northern Gateway include an enterprise centre for start-up and medium sized businesses on the site of Holywell Cross (Donut) car park.

The proposals, developed by Whittam Cox Architects on behalf of Chesterfield Borough Council, will see the new centre built on part of the site of Holywell Cross car park and form a vital part of the Northern Gateway.

Work on the Northern Gateway Enterprise Centre is progressing  and will be ready for tenants in the Autumn.

The project has benefited from grant funding support from the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund.

The Enterprise Centre has been designed to a BREEAM Excellent standard. BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) is a sustainability rating scheme and focuses on building design, construction and use. It helps measure and reduce the environmental impacts of buildings.

Some of the features in the new development include:

  • Encouraging sustainable forms of transport with enough cycle storage space to cater for the number of occupants
  • A flexible building, allowing for future expansion, room subdivision and to allow further segregation and / or open-plan office spaces
  • Refuse areas have space for recycling containers, in compliance with the council’s recycling policy
  • Incorporating the latest water minimisation technologies where possible which will substantially reduce water use
  • Low energy lighting throughout
  • High performance double glazing
  • Bird boxes and mixed planting around the building to attract urban wildlife

The Grade ‘A’ Office space is offered on easy in and out letting terms and tenants at the Enterprise Centre will also benefit from access to a range of other council services and venues, including business support and corporate rates for leisure passes, parking permits and conferencing facilities.

With its town centre location, the Northern Gateway Enterprise Centre is easily accessible by car, train, bus and cycle users. It’s situated opposite the new Saltergate multi-story car park and close to all major bus routes and Chesterfield Train station.

The new building will provide:

  • 32 high-quality offices in a range of sizes (26 to 120 sq m) over three floors
  • Shared reception and lobby area
  • Meeting rooms
  • First floor break out area
  • Bicycle store
  • Shower and changing facilities
  • Air conditioning throughout
  • Lift access
  • Internal bin store
  • Kitchenettes on the first and second floor for use by occupants
  • Individually metered power supplies
  • Access control to all office doors
  • CCTV coverage to internal communal areas and external area
  • IT fibre connection with maximum speed multi bandwith and Wifi provided throughout

Architects for the centre, Whittam Cox have produced a virtual walkthrough of the building which you can watch below.


To find out more about your business being based in the Enterprise Centre, please contact either Claire Cunningham or Hannah Ramsdale, part of Chesterfield Borough Council’s Economic Development Team on 01246 345255 or via email to or .

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Northern Gateway Public Realm Improvements

Northern Gateway will deliver major improvements to Elder Way and part of Knifesmithgate.

The new public realm will encourage more people to use the area and help to forge an important link between the new Premier Inn, the town centre and the new multi storey car park.

Key features of this scheme include:

  • Pavement widening – to create spill out opportunities for outlets located in the ground floor units of the Elder Way development.
  • Pedestrian crossing improvements.
  • The decluttering of the street scene of removing obstacles to pedestrian movement.
  • The introduction of trees into the street
  • Introduction / improved design of loading bays
  • Maintain bus movement along Elder Way
  • Taxi rank improvements on Knifesmithgate


Chesterfield Elderway (Former Co-op store)

Elder Way

The £19.9 million Northern Gateway project also includes the £10.5 million redevelopment of the Co-op store by Central England Co-operative and their partners Jomast Developments.

They already have planning permission and are on site for a leisure scheme that will include:

  • six ground floor restaurants
  • A 92 bedroom Premier Inn hotel on the first and second floors – Opened April 2019
  • A health and fitness centre in the basement

Find out more about the Elder Way development here


Saltergate Multi-Storey Car Park in Chesterfield – Completed June 2019

Work to demolish Saltergate car park was completed in April 2018 and planning approval for the modern, 24 hour multi-storey car park was secured on the 14th May 2018.

Following the demolition in April 2018, activity on site has included:

  • Follow up intrusive site investigation covering the footprint of the former building.
  • Archaeological Field Investigation.
  • BT decommissioning of public call box.

Work started on site on the 6th September 2018 and the car park opened to the public on the 30th July 2019.

Key Features of New Saltergate Multi-storey Car park

Parking Bays

  • 530 car parking spaces, including 32 disabled spaces (6%), 15 parent & child spaces
  • 6 electric vehicle charging spaces with a further 10 spaces enabled for future connection as required.
  • Standard parking bay sizes are 2.5m wide by 5.0m long, providing larger sizes than the former MSCP in order to improve the user experience and accommodate larger modern vehicles.


  • The building will be secured with automated roller shutters at vehicular entrances and exits, and access control via paper tickets at the pedestrian entrance, minimising the potential for antisocial behaviour in and around the building.
  • The car park will be provided with 24 hour CCTV coverage, linking back to the Council’s CCTV Control Room for ongoing monitoring. Coverage will be provided by 11 fixed cameras and 10 Pan, Tilt and Zoom cameras covering all decks.


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