Victoria Square

Details revealed of £100m Crompton Place overhaul

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Proposals for the £100m redevelopment of Crompton Place Shopping Centre and Victoria Square in Bolton, set to make way for independent retail, offices, homes and a hotel, have been revealed ahead of a consultation this week.

The project is being brought forward by Bolton Regeneration, a partnership between Beijing Construction & Engineering Group International and Midia, who were named by Bolton Council as its development partner earlier this year.

Crompton Place is a major segment of Bolton Council’s £1.5bn masterplan, one of five main intervention areas. The council acquired the 280,000 sq ft shopping centre in June 2018 for £14.8m from Santander Pension Fund, in order to begin the process of overhauling of the town centre.

Crompton Place

Designed by architect Chapman Taylor, Bolton Regeneration’s plan for the site include a 110-bedroom hotel, 150 homes, a 80,000 sq ft office, and a mixed-use retail, leisure, dining and events space, dubbed Bolton Works, alongside improved public realm. The scheme would be named Bolton Victoria Square.

Following a series of public consultation events to be held later this week, an outline planning application is hoped to be submitted to the council in early 2020. Hive Land & Planning is advising on the application.

Nearby, Midia is also involved on a 20-storey tower, proposed next to Bolton transport interchange, which will also see a multi-storey car park and a 30,000 sq ft office delivered.

Dubbed Trinity Gateway, the site covers 1.6 acres on the corner of Bradshawgate and Trinity Street in the town centre. Beechlane Investments is behind the project, led by Midia director Alex Colbeck and Step Places director Harry Dhaliwal. Place North West understands Bolton-based Seddon is in discussions to build the project.

Steven Turner, director of Bolton Regeneration, said: “This scheme is the first key step in developing an exciting vision for a refreshed and revitalised Bolton town centre and we are incredibly excited to be driving this forward. The re-purposing of Crompton Shopping Centre will enable the creation of multi-use space that improves the access and pedestrian flows within the town centre. Importantly, the revitalisation of the area will deliver real long term economic and social benefits for the people of Bolton.”

Tony Oakman, Bolton Council’s chief executive, added: “We are committed to making Bolton town centre a great place to live, work, shop and visit. The proposals for Crompton Place lie at the heart of our £1.5bn town centre masterplan that will deliver a centre that everyone in Bolton can be proud of. We want the residents of Bolton to help us shape these developments which is why it is so important that as many people as possible come along to the consultation events and have their say. All the partners have worked long and hard to get to this stage to come up with these exciting plans. I’d encourage everyone with an interest in the town centre to come along.”

Bolton Works Crop

Bolton Works is set to include pop-up shops and event spaces

Consultation events are being held at the former Clarks shoe shop in Crompton Place, 20-22 Hotel Street, on Thursday 28 November, 4pm-7pm, Friday 29 November, 10am-4pm, Saturday 30 November, 9am-12pm.

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This looks fantastic, much needed regeneration in Bolton town centre. Will Wigan council follow suit or continue to illogically waste money on investments such as the absurd Galleries shopping centre?

By New Wave

Looks a lot like The Rock in Bury. I hope it works as well.

By ChesneyT

Of all the new schemes being proposed in Bolton town centre at the moment. To me at least this one appears to have been the most thought through with design and sense of place being taken in account. Nice visuals. Really hope this one goes ahead, the crompton place is well past its sell by date.


Looks fantastic! Hope work starts as soon as possible!

By Nick

Look fantastic. Can’t happen soon enough!

By Anonymous

Looks good – great team at Bolton Council promoting much needed regeneration

By Taxed

Lord Leverhulme envisaged an arcaded street in this location like the Rue de Rivoli. Unfortunately modern architects have only rulers and set squares; no compasses.

By Anonymous

Bolton has been left behind for some reason . I can think of smaller towns in the north west that have already been improved ages ago .

Let’s hope this gets the go ahead and the people of Bolton won’t be embarrased to visit their town centre once again .

By Garry Watson

Bolton got left behind due to an inept and cr4p Labour Council who ran the town into the ground over a period of years, What was once a fantastic shopping centre with two great Markets is now a shadow of its former self. Here’s hoping that all of the proposed regeneration goes ahead.

By Normid Nomad

Some exciting things happening in Bolton at the moment. Let’s hope they all get delivered and the town can fulfil its potential.

By John

Knock it all down and extend the square down to the church, including the buildings down to the Market place. Many amazing buildings in Bolton, but hidden by utter crap. Open it up and the town could be transformed. Plenty of space for new retail on the wasteland behind the post office.

By John

this is daft; what is this insult? I like scoopalicious, what’s wrong with you?

By Anonymous

A huge ambitious project. Great idea to try to bring the centre back to life.Hopefully any significant buildings will be integrated into the scheme and not demolished. Please, can plenty of trees and green spaces be an important part of the plans.

By Barbara Daly