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BCEGI and Cityheart were appointed earlier this month as reported by Place North West

Details emerge of Galleries overhaul 

Daniel Whelan

BCEGI and Cityheart, the consortium appointed earlier this month to deliver the £130m transformation of the Wigan shopping complex, propose building 464 homes, a six-screen cinema and a music venue. 

In addition, the scheme, which was originally predicted to cost £125m, would see a reduction in retail space and a focus on leisure, with a bowling alley and indoor mini-golf attraction also proposed. 

A hotel, food & beverage units and a 460-space car park also feature in the consortium’s plans, alongside a market hall that would feature a food hall, co-working space and small office suites.

Wigan Council selected the Chinese-owned Beijing Construction Engineering Group International and Chester-based Cityheart to deliver the 440,000 sq ft revamp this month, as revealed by Place North West.

The joint venture beat off competition from regeneration specialist Muse Developments and a partnership between Maple Grove Developments and Urban Splash. 

The overhaul of the Galleries, which the council bought from Luxembourg-based firm Colcastor in March 2018, is due to begin in 2022 and complete in 2025. 

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The Galleries will include a cinema, music venue, indoor mini golf centre and a bowling alley

Mark McNamee, managing director at Cityheart, said the project is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redevelop the complex to create a new living, entertainment and leisure destination”.  

Dongwen Yu, lead director of BCEGI, added that the project is “extremely important” and also “cements BCEGI’s long-term future in the region, a future we believe will benefit the council and the people of the borough for years to come”. 

BCEGI is also delivering a £250m overhaul of Crompton Place Shopping Centre with Midia in Bolton, while Cityheart was picked to deliver the residential element of the £120m Stockport Interchange in February, alongside Rise Homes.  

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