Crowning glory for Globe Works after planning go-ahead

The Globe Works plan

Empire, the property development company which is undertaking the transformation of Globe Works mill into apartments, has secured planning permission for the historic building’s crowning glory – a two-storey roof extension which will house 26 apartments.

At the same time Empire secured planning permission to carry out extensive refurbishment of the building’s towering chimney.

Previous owners of the mill, close to Bolton town centre, had wished to remove it but, keen to preserve this iconic feature, Empire instead decided to retain it, despite potential delays due to the planning process.

Work to transform the former industrial mill started in 2017 and is nearing completion.

The final piece in the jigsaw was the roof extension which will bring the total number of apartments at the development to 150 while creating a Manhattan loft feel to the development.

The team at Empire is keen to thank the planners at Bolton Council for their support during the planning process.

Emma Thompson, legal & planning director at Empire, said: “Like us, the council were keen to preserve the integrity of this amazing building.

“When it came to the roof extension, we spent a lot of time discussing the details, for example, the window options and colours for these.

“We are really pleased with the outcome and are looking forward to putting the finishing touches to this amazing building.”

Such has been the success of this development and the company’s prior development of a former office block on Bradshawgate in the town that they are currently seeking outline planning for a further development of 500 apartments in the town centre.