The Galleries Wigan

Four compete for £125m Wigan Galleries

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Muse Developments, Cityheart with BCEGI, Eric Wright Group and Queensberry have been shortlisted by Wigan Council to deliver the £125m overhaul of The Galleries.

The 440,000 sq ft shopping centre was bought by the council in March 2018 from Colcastor Sarl, based in Luxembourg. A competition was launched last year for a redevelopment of the site which would see a mix of uses and a reduction in retail space.

Options tabled for the £125m redevelopment could include adding hotel, residential, leisure, education, healthcare, or flexible workspaces, as well as a cinema or bowling alley.

Last year the council also pledged £4m to relocate Wigan market, with new facilities set to be included potentially within the former Marketgate building.

Muse and Cityheart were also recently in competition over a prime development site in another Greater Manchester town, the residential element of the £150m Stockport Interchange. Place North West revealed last week that Cityheart in a joint venture with Rise Homes had won the bid.

In Wigan, Cityheart is partnering with BCEGI, the Chinese-owned construction and engineering company which is also increasing its foothold in Greater Manchester with work in Bolton on the £100m overhaul of Crompton Shopping Centre with Midia.

Wigan Council has previously outlined its hopes for the scheme to be “of a high architectural and urban design quality” as part of its brief, with improved connectivity with the wider town centre also a priority.

A development agreement is likely to be finalised in 2021.

The council bought the site in March 2018 from Luxembourg-based Colcastor Sarl for an undisclosed sum, in a deal part-funded by money the council receives from Manchester Airport, where it is a shareholder along with Greater Manchester’s nine other authorities.

Asset manager Vales Retail gained planning consent in 2015 for a £60m overhaul of The Galleries, which proposed turning the centre’s 150 separate units into 26 larger shops, in order to attract restaurant operators and a cinema. The plans were never progressed.

Previous redevelopment announced in 2013

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So much potential here.

Very well constructed in the 1980s by Fairclough Building and cleverly integrated into the existing town centre estate.

A cut above other shopping centres built in the same era.

By North by North-West

Them why close to down effectively to allow the Grand Arcade to kill it. Debenhams, River island and Next will leave next from Wigan meaning the Grand arcade is dead. Robin park is now getting a Nandos so no major shops will ever come back to Wigan. The council are so out of touch with what is needed. Wigan will become a ghost town. It’s all too late to achieve anything as the high street dies across the country why would Wigan be any different. Give the market a lease of life those stallholders deserve it but not in the town centre any more. You really should ashamed of yourself Wigan council, but this is what you get when you vote labour for no other reason than it’s because what your Dad did.

By Paul Niklas

Never mind cinemas and bowling alleys what about a supermarket where we can shop for food a town centre with no decent food shopping not everyone has a car and people need to buy groceries the town centre is pathetic all the out of town outlets have seen to that

By Extremely annoyed shopper

If shoppers had used high street shops then they would not have closed. No business closes profitable stores. I know not everybody can get to out of town stores but to blame the council is looking in the wrong place if shoppers used the high street it would have stayed open. The old phrase use it or lose it is right up there together with closing the door after the horse has bolted.

By It's down to the shoppers

Wigan council have a ride to Kendal and see how they look after people there with grocery shops

By Anonymous