A contractor is being sought to demolish the former Wayne Walker meat store and the adjacent Motorcycle Mega Store to enable the construction of an NCP car park close to the town’s £48m transport interchange.
The demolition project will enable the first part of the Trinity Gateway scheme, which along with the car park will include a hotel and offices at the junction of Trinity Street and Bradshawgate. Council leader Cliff Morris yesterday formally approved the start of the appointment process.
NCP was appointed in September to carry out initial scoping work and a development agreement is now being finalised.
Demolition work is expected to take place early 2018 and a planning application for the multi-storey car park is expected to be submitted soon after.
The council bought the land, where Wayne Walker is sited, after it was advertised for sale last October.
Morris said: “This is an exciting first step of our ambitious town centre masterplan and the first stage of our Trinity Gateway vision.
“We want to transform a key gateway into Bolton town centre and support the wider redevelopment we are seeing across the town.
“Creating a modern car park will cater for that side of town, near the new interchange and also the University of Bolton’s new business school on Great Moor Street.”