Farnworth 3, Capital&Centric, P.via Font Comms
Capital&Centric's plans for Farnworth were one of three large applications approved by the council's planning committee. Credit: via Font Comms

Bolton goes on planning approval spree

Julia Hatmaker

Capital&Centric’s Farnworth transformation scheme, a Pozzoni Architecture-designed day centre, and a large mosque were all approved at the 2 September planning committee meeting.

Farnworth market revamp

Capital&Centric’s aims to turn the old market precinct into a community with 12 houses, 82 apartments and 23,680 sq ft of retail, commercial and communal space. Designs include a linear park and a public square capable of hosting markets, live events and pop-up attractions. The £50m development, designed by BDP, would also include cycle storage and walkways connecting Brackley Street and King Street.

“We’re chuffed that we’ve got the go-ahead to help reboot the town centre with a new mixed community and town centre destination,” said Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital&Centric.

“This is our first project in Bolton and the local community have been brilliant in helping us to create a vision that will not only cater to Farnworthians, but will draw in new residents and visitors from across the city region and beyond,” he continued.

“This is what regeneration and social impact are all about – we’re breathing new life into a derelict site right in the heart of the town centre. This is an ambitious, design-led mix of homes, communal facilities, buzzing event and culture spots, and tonnes of green and outdoor spaces… a genuine community. We can’t wait to get cracking and pen an exciting new chapter for Farnworth town centre.”

Now that outline approval has been granted, a detailed planning application is expected to be submitted by the end of the year. If that is approved, Capital&Centric said construction could begin in early 2022.

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Bolton Council has committed £5.7m to the Jubilee Centre project. Credit: via planning documents

Jubilee Centre

Pozzoni Architecture designed this £5.7m project for Bolton Cares, a provider of adult social care for the area. The scheme will replace the borough’s old Jubilee Centre and will be situated on the 1.5-acre site of the old Firwood School on Crompton Way.

Bolton Cares said in the project’s design and access statement that it wanted “a place that doesn’t look like a day centre and has an ambience of calm and purpose”.

The result is a building filled with rooms for therapy, arts and crafts and games. There’s a hydrotherapy pool and associated facilities and a separate autism hub.

The consultant design team for the new Jubilee Centre includes Sutcliffe and ESD. Robertson Construction is the main contractor.

Salaam Prayer And Education Centre, Masjid E Salaam Trust, P Planning Documents

The mosque would be just 200 yards away from the congregation’s current home on Ramsay Street. Credit: via planning documents

Masjid-e-Salaam Trust mosque and community hall

The Bradshaw Gass & Hope-designed project has been given the green light. The 20,258 sq ft mosque will also include an education centre, nursery and community hall when it is complete. It’s taking over the site of the demolished Brierfield Pub at 721 Blackburn Road.

Located just 200 yards away from the congregation’s current home on Ramsay Street, this new facility will also have 47 car parking spaces and 14 spaces for bicycles.

The development team for the project includes landscape architect Appletons, planner Paul Butler Associates, transport experts Modal Highway Consultants, ecologists Dunelm Ecology and heritage consultant C.J O’Flaherty. Also on the team: ACS Consulting, LK Consult, JRB Environmental Design, Philip Dunbavin Acoustics and Worms Eye.

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