Bolton bought Crompton Place in 2018. Credit: via planning documents

Bolton bids for £36m Levelling Up funds

The council wants to use the money to help redevelop Crompton Place Shopping Centre and build the Bolton College of Medical Sciences.

Both projects are already underway, having secured planning approval in 2020 and 2019, respectively.

The Crompton Place redevelopment would be allotted £16.2m from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund if the bids are successful. That money would be used to create office spaces, a key part of the £250m mixed-use scheme. The Crompton Place project also includes plans for a 110-bedroom hotel and 150 homes.

Crompton Place is the work of the Bolton Regeneration joint venture, made up of Beijing Construction Engineering Group International and Midia. Chapman Taylor designed the scheme while Hive Land & Planning was the planning consultant.

Bolton College Of Medical Sciences

Rendering from the 2018 planning application for the £30m Bolton College of Medical Sciences scheme

Bolton’s Levelling Up Fund request also includes £20m towards building the Bolton College of Medical Sciences in Farnworth, a £30m project from the University of Bolton, Bolton Council, Bolton College, and the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. The new college will be 81,000 sq ft across two buildings. It is set to train 60,000 medical professionals when it completes in 2022.

The Bolton College of Medical Sciences development was designed by Associated Architects and landscape architect Re-Form. Box Clever Consulting was the project manager on its planning application, with Avison Young acting as planning consultant. Just Ask Scarlett created the scheme’s strategic brief.

“These bids highlight the council’s priorities and vision for the borough, bringing leading employers into the town centre and training new generations of health professionals,” said Cllr Martyn Cox, the deputy leader for the council.

“If successful they will bring new jobs into the area and boost our local economy by creating additional demand for retail, hospitality and leisure services,” he continued.

Bolton is not alone in applying Levelling Up Funds. Crosby has petitioned for £19.2m, Bootle for £14.5m, and Barrow for £16m.

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