Coming up: Wigan Pier plans approved

Proposal will see eighteenth century industrial buildings beside Leeds and Liverpool Canal refurbished for cultural and leisure uses.

A mix of uses, townhouses and a canalside walk are all part of the plans for Wigan Pier (PIC Step Places)
A mix of uses, townhouses and a canalside walk are all part of the plans for Wigan Pier (PIC Step Places)

Plans to regenerate the eighteenth century industrial buildings on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal that make up Wigan Pier have been given the go ahead by Wigan Council. Developer Step Places, cultural organisation The Old Courts, Wigan Council and the Canal and River Trust are leading the refurbishment of the vacant buildings. The plans will see a range of uses, including gin distillery, micro-brewery, food hall, wedding venue and events space, created in the the existing buildings. It is also planned to develop eight canalside townhouses, in the design by architect Southgate & Sarabia Architects.

Runnymede Borough Council has approved plans for a mixed use scheme including more than 100 homes and a cinema to boost Egham’s town centre. The Egham Gateway West project is being brought forward by affordable developer Places for People in partnership with the council as part of the borough-wide Runnymede regeneration programme. The proposal provides a new gateway to the town centre with 101 mixed tenure homes, a student accommodation block with 100 study bedrooms, retail and restaurants, a four-screen Everyman cinema and a new public square.

Bradford Council has approved plans to regenerate the city centre with a multi-level food market building, linked to a city square. The planned 5,670 square metre scheme, which is designed by architect Greig & Stephenson Architects, includes spaces for street food vendors, musical events and bars. Its design includes natural ventilation, photovoltaic panels and grey water recycling, featured that are intended to reduce running costs to help the building be more sustainable. The proposal is part of the reconfiguration of Bradford’s city centre markets, and on its completion the city’s Oastler Market will be demolished to make way for a new mixed use or housing scheme.

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