Hurstwood plans office-to-resi project

Hurstwood development arm Crystal Property & Land has been granted planning permission to convert its former office in Bolton town centre into student accommodation.

There will be six student flats containing 37 bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom facilities and shared kitchen and living space, plus two self-contained studio apartments.

The building, located on Mawdsley Street, was built in 1868 and was originally occupied by the Mechanics' Institute. It is currently divided into a number of rooms spread over three floors plus basement space and was most recently used as a fitness club.

Crystal has spent £100,000 improving and maintaining the building. Stephen Ashworth, chairman of Hurstwood, said: "Our Mawdsley Street property lends itself to student accommodation. It is already divided into a number of small rooms over three floors and features a great deal of character. The building is only a 10 minute walk from the university and is ideally located within the town centre, close to the shops and amenities. The proposed £48m transport interchange is also just a stone's throw away. We predict that, when occupied, the property will bring a great deal of new business to the shops and leisure facilities of Bolton town centre."

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