Planning submitted for £135m Galleries Shopping Centre redevelopment

Wigan town centre plans

Joint applicants, Cityheart and Wigan Council, have submitted a hybrid planning application for the proposed £135m redevelopment of the Galleries Shopping Centre in Wigan.

If granted, work is expected to start on site in January next year. More than 600 full time equivalent jobs will be created once the site is operational and further jobs and apprenticeships will be created during the construction stage.

The plans submitted include detailed and outline proposals covering an array of leisure facilities such as an exciting multimedia centre, which will be home to a multi-screen cinema, a 10-lane bowling alley, new food and drink outlets, a multi-purpose venue and indoor mini golf.

A purpose-built pavilion off Market Street will provide new food and drink establishments and evening entertainment.

A new, more centrally located market hall will be delivered, which will include traditional market stalls, new retail units, co-working spaces, small offices and a contemporary vibrant food hall.

The proposals also include a new hotel and 464 new high quality homes ranging from one-bedroom apartments to three-bedroom town houses and retirement living.

Warren Taylor, director of Cityheart, said: “Today marks an important milestone and step forward in the delivery of this critically important re-development project in the heart of Wigan town centre.

“Over the last six months, the team has carried out extensive consultation events and one-to-one sessions with local businesses and residents to share our exciting and innovative vision for the future of Wigan town centre that will dramatically revitalise the area and become a place where people will want to live, work and visit.

“These plans support the Wigan Town Centre Strategic Regeneration Framework developed by the council last year and are a vital step in securing the future economic success and sustainability of the heart of the town.”

Cityheart, a property development and investment company with offices in Chester and Wilmslow, has a 15-year track record of successfully delivering significant projects across the country, working almost exclusively with the public sector.

Its joint venture partner, UK-based BCEGI, will lead the construction programme for the new scheme.

The joint venture partnership between Cityheart and BCEGI for the scheme is known as Galleries 25.

Becca Heron, director of economy and skills at Wigan Council, said: “We thank the public for their helpful comments to date and as local planning authority, we urge people to read the application and supporting documents and formally submit their views.

“The application is now going through the statutory process and will be determined in the autumn in line with national and local planning policy.”

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