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Planning Permission granted for the redevelopment of Crompton Place Shopping Centre, Bolton

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Planning permission has been granted for the £250m replacement of Crompton Place Shopping Centre, a development which lies at the heart of Bolton council's £1.5bn town centre masterplan.


The scheme is a key step forward in delivering an exciting vision for a refreshed and revitalised Bolton town centre and includes a complimentary mix of uses in line with the current agenda for tackling struggling town centres.

The project is being brought forward by Bolton Regeneration Ltd., a partnership between Beijing Construction Engineering Group International (BCEGI) and regeneration specialists Midia Group, working alongside Bolton Council and advised by Colliers International to realise the scheme.

Designed by Chapman Taylor, the mixed-use scheme for the site includes a 110-bedroom hotel, 150 homes, 10,500m² of office space, and a mix of retail, leisure, dining and events space (dubbed “Bolton Works”) designed to accommodate independent retailers and food operators and also includes incubator space for small business start-ups.

A comprehensive public realm design will provide a predominantly pedestrianised environment with user-friendly shared surfaces designed in-line with current best practice.

The development will be seamlessly integrated into the wider streetscape and urban fabric to help reunite Bradshawgate with Victoria Square and improve the access and pedestrian flows within the town centre. It will also act as a formal backdrop to the town hall, completing the high-quality set-piece of the square and featuring a colonnade which shelters artisan cafés and restaurants. Great emphasis has been placed on long-term economic and environmental sustainability through the complementary mix of uses, choice of materials, soft landscaping, green roof terraces and rainwater collection, as well as a centralised energy centre, natural ventilation and solar collection. 

Bolton Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Martyn Cox, said: “This is a major milestone for Crompton Place, which is a fundamental part of our £1.5bn town centre masterplan.

“These plans will create a destination which combine town centre living, retail and leisure in a top quality environment. It means new homes, new jobs, and new businesses coming to Bolton.

“As the high street continues to face challenges particularly from the coronavirus pandemic, this is a really significant development.

“Now that approval has been granted, we look forward to working with Bolton Regeneration Ltd to progress the plans, and we will continue to keep the businesses in the centre updated as things progress.

“When work starts on the redevelopment, businesses will need to relocate and it is important to the council that we work hard to keep them in the town centre.”

Steven Turner, Director of Bolton Regeneration Limited, added: “Our vision of a vibrant living, working and creative community at the heart of Bolton has taken a significant step forward.

“We believe this development will significantly improve the town centre offer, broaden its appeal, complement existing attractions, and enhance the surrounding historic fabric.We look forward to commencing the next steps with the aim of commencing construction next year.”

Michael Hawkins, Colliers International concluded, “We have worked with Bolton Council and Midia since May 2017, to help them realise their vision for this scheme, which will have a long term benefit for the whole of the Bolton community, it’s student population and visitors. An integral part of the journey was inviting BCEGI UK to join the Private / Public consortium. This partnership ethos has manifested itself in the granting of planning consent and ultimately will bring massive benefits to Bolton.”

 

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