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Consent expected as Wigan Pier goes to committee

Plans for the long-awaited regeneration of Wigan Pier, set to include waterside homes, a food hall and event venues, are expected to move to the delivery stage next week after being earmarked for consent.

Wigan Council will meet next week to discuss the proposals from Step Places, chosen as developer for the site by the council and the Canal & River Trust last year.

The scheme centres around a revamp of the three main 18th-century buildings on the site. Dating from the 1790s, these are a 23,000 sq ft warehouse; the 8,000 sq ft former Orwell at Wigan pub; and the 4,500 sq ft former education centre at the pier.

Operated by The Old Courts, a gin distillery and microbrewery will be created on the site of the old museum, along with a food hall, with spaces for café, bar and deli retailers, with decorative glass features and a room for seating on the ground and mezzanine floors.

The proposals also include canal-side walkways and eight townhouses. The architect is Southgate Sarabia.

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The former Orwell public house will become an events venue hosting weddings, exhibitions and conferences, while the former education centre will be used for events encouraging community integration and cultural workshops.

Subject to planning approval, the scheme would be finished in 2020.

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Another council white elephant

By Geoff hall

Shame about those rainwater pipes and hoppers on those houses, not very elegant

By T Webber

A gin distillery and microbrewery? That’s a long term use……

What happens when that fad is over?


Is alcohol a fad? How long will it last?


I like the design, but without ample parking it’s not going to be a success. We need a way to address the fact that it’s enclosed by an arterial route into town!

By Local Lad

Those ‘houses’ look hideous. Where will people park that want to use the proposed facilities?

By Julie

This looks fantastic, it’s great to see investment in Wigan. As usual the comments section is full of negativity and “but where will I park my precious car”

By Anonymous