Cityheart, BCEGI to part ways on £135m Wigan Galleries
BCEGI has completed an 18-month package of enabling work – but that is where the firm’s involvement in the town centre regeneration project will end.
The China-backed contractor has been involved in the £135m project since Cityheart was appointed to deliver it by Wigan Council in 2021.
However, it is understood the companies will now part ways. Following demolition work by BCEGI and Rhodar, PP O’Connor is now on site for the final enabling phase. Meanwhile, the hunt for a main contractor is well underway.
Cityheart is then expected to appoint a construction outfit for the first built phase in the coming weeks. The selected firm will deliver a market hall, food court, and a 144-bedroom hotel. A pavilion building as well as a cinema and leisure space will come next.
Warren Taylor, chief operating officer at Cityheart, was full of praise for BCEGI.
“BCEGI has undertaken an extensive programme of very complex and carefully sequenced site remediation and demolition works which has progressed at pace over the last year and a half.
“Managing and maintaining the programme over such a complex space is a testament to the fantastic work BCEGI and Rhodar have delivered in clearing and levelling this complex site, paving the way for the first phase of construction work which will commence in the coming months.”
Later phases of the development will include around 500 homes, a multimedia centre, 10,000 sq ft of commercial space, and roughly the same amount of food and beverage accommodation.
Leader of Wigan Council Cllr David Molyneux said he is pleased with how the scheme is progressing.
“A key priority for us on this project is to ensure maximum return on our investment by securing opportunities for local skills and employment and I’m pleased local residents are already reaping those benefits.”
Charmaine O’Connor, chief executive of P.P. O’Connor, said: “We are pleased to support our long-standing client Cityheart with this major redevelopment project and look forward to helping to deliver the next phase of works.”