Wigan Pier Quarter

Extra time for developers bidding on Wigan Pier

Wigan Council has extended the tender period to redevelop a cluster of former industrial buildings at Wigan Pier by three weeks, “following significant developer interest”.

The council announced a six-week tender period in May for bids to be made to develop The Warehouse, known locally as the former Way We Were Museum, The Orwell former pub, and the Education Centre.

The buildings are at the centre of the Wigan Pier Quarter regeneration area.

Since the bidding period opened, the council said there has been “a huge amount of interest” from developers with leisure, hotel, commercial, residential and creative uses being put forward.

Feedback from developers to the council has led to the bidding window being extended following requests for more time.

Tours of the buildings will continue in the coming weeks for developers to finalise plans.

The tender process is being overseen by the council in partnership with commercial property agent Lambert Smith Hampton and the Canal & River Trust.

Cllr David Molyneux, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We are very pleased with the response so far from developers in the iconic Wigan Pier buildings.

“There is no better address in the country for a business than Wigan Pier. We have had some fantastic and innovative ideas put forward by serious developers who all have experience in regenerating buildings of this kind both regionally and nationally.

“During the process interested parties have expressed a desire to our agents and the council for more time to finalise their bids. It is vital that we give them enough time to develop their bids to ensure they get them right. This will benefit the regeneration of Wigan Pier Quarter in the long-run.”

The Wigan Pier Quarter has recently seen the development of the Pier Centre conference centre and performance venue, and there is planning permission for a social, arts and café venue in a former industrial building next to the pier.

The bidding process now closes on Friday 28 July.

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