Town could be transformed in ambitious £45m scheme

25 Nov 2019 04:30
Published by: Kian French

NEW images of a multi-million pound scheme aiming to transform Bolton town centre have been revealed.

The ambitious plans for Trinity Gateway, on the former site of Wayne Walker Quality Meats, at the corner of Trinity Street and Bradshawgate, have been presented to the public.

The £45 million proposals include a 20-storey city centre-style apartment block, billed as Bolton's tallest ever building, 30,000 sq ft of office space, and a 494 space multi-storey care park.

The latest set of artist impressions show how the residential tower of 144 apartments will come to dominate the town's skyline.

At 230ft high, it will eclipse the current tallest building, the town hall clock tower, which stands at 198ft.

The project is one of five 'intervention areas' in Bolton Council's £1.5 billion masterplan to transform the town centre.

The Trinity Gateway development, which is led by Beechlane Investments Ltd, also include a large area of public open space and it is hoped it will kickstart the wider regeneration of the town centre.

Alec Colbeck, development director at Beechlane Investments, said: "Trinity Gateway is a truly transformative project and one which will elevate the profile of the town and set a new benchmark for quality in Bolton.

"It is a tremendously exciting time for the town with a number of significant development proposals about to enter the delivery phase.

"The site demands a development of the highest quality and we are very proud of the plans we're proposing.

"We look forward to receiving feedback from the local community and other stakeholders on the proposals and bringing them closer to realisation.

"We are determined that local people and businesses benefit as much as possible from this development. We'll work hard to deliver community engagement opportunities and seek guarantees from the supply chain that this thinking is given the necessary emphasis by all involved."

Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr David Greenhalgh, said: "The council's £1.5 billion masterplan aims to revitalise our town centre, making it a more desirable place to live and work.

"Trinity Gateway is a key part of this vision, delivering quality new apartments and Grade A office space and breathing new life into the area."

The plans are expected to be submitted to Bolton Council this month and, should they be approved, work could start next year.

Negotiations with a management company for the residential tower, an operator of the car park, a main contractor for all three elements and occupiers for the office space are also said to be at an advanced stage.

The scheme is one strand of the council's bold vision to breathe new life into Bolton town centre.

Its town centre masterplan, announced in 2017, involves five strategic sites - Trinity Quarter, Cheadle Square, Crompton Place, Church Wharf and the Croal Valley.

The plans include the £250m redevelopment of Crompton Place Shopping Centre into a new state-of-the art retail destination, and the building of hundreds of new homes, a hotel and a park on Church Wharf, a run-down area to the north east of the town centre.

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