Bolton’s £55m Trinity Gateway approved

Beechlane is aiming to start its mixed-use development featuring a 20-storey tower on a gateway site in Bolton in April, after securing planning permission.

Bolton Council’s planning committee gave the scheme consent in line with officer recommendations on 19 December, which will allow Bolton-based contractor Seddon to begin a two-year construction programme in April 2020.

The proposals for the 1.6-acre plot on the corner of Bradshawgate and Trinity Street, opposite the town’s railway station, feature 144 apartments in a mixed eight and 20-storey block, along with 41,000 sq ft of offices in a six-storey block and a 505-space multi-storey car park. There are also plans for a 15,500 sq ft central area of public realm.

Under the timeline set out in planning documents, the car park is due to complete by May 2021, the offices by September 2021 and the residential elements completed by January 2022. The apartments are to be for private rent.

Designed by JMarchitects, the scheme is being brought forward by Beechlane, headed up by Midia director Alex Colbeck and Step Places director Harry Dhaliwal.

According to the developer, office occupiers and an operator for the multi-storey car park are all already in talks to help bring the scheme forward; Place North West first reported Seddon’s involvement in the project earlier this year.

Two public consultations on the scheme were held in November. P4 Planning advised Beechlane on its planning application.

Beechlane is increasingly active in Bolton, having put forward an application to convert the grade two-listed former Magistrates Court on Le Mans Crescent into a boutique hotel.

Under the proposals, submitted in November, the four-storey former courts, which are part of the Le Mans Crescent building, are to be converted into an 87-bedroom hotel operated by Hospitality Associates on behalf of an undisclosed hotelier.

Midia is also part of a JV which is delivering a major overhaul of the Crompton Place shopping centre alongside partner BCEGI.

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