Plans have been revealed for a £45m, mixed-use development including a residential tower on a plot next to Bolton’s rail and bus stations, brought forward by a consortium led by developer Midia and designed by JM Architects.
The scheme, dubbed Trinity Gateway, is led by the 20-storey tower, set to include 150 one and two-bed apartments targeted at young professionals, commuters, and growing families.
Alongside, the developer is proposing a 500-space multi-storey car park and a 30,000 sq ft office block. A planning application is expected for the project in the spring.
The plans are being brought forward by Bolton Regeneration Limited, led by Midia. The company’s three directors, according to Companies House, are Midia director Alec Colbeck, along with Dennis Bate and Andrew Richards.
A spokesperson for the consortium said: “This is a landmark mixed-use project of the highest quality and design, which will be the first in a series of transformational schemes for Bolton, reflecting the council’s ambitions to regenerate the town centre.
“The project will have local employment, training and apprenticeships at its core, as will all future developments delivered by the consortium.”
Midia added there had already been “significant institutional funding” attracted to the project.
The proposals have been welcomed by Bolton Council, and deputy leader Cllr Ebrahim Adia said: “The designs for the residential tower are striking and will change the landscape of Bolton town centre. It has been designed to offer something different, using brownfield land for housing, which is our priority.
“The image will be a talking point, and these are early designs. The developers will also hold a full and thorough consultation on the final plans for the area, as part of the planning application process.
“Trinity Gateway shows that developers have confidence in Bolton and demonstrates the commitment that investors are prepared to make. It is a key site in the council’s billion-pound town centre masterplan and we are really pleased to be working with BRL on plans for the area.”
Midia, through Bolton Regeneration Limited, is also involved with plans for the Crompton Place Shopping Centre, bought by Bolton Council last year for £14.8m. Working with BCEGI, plans are being worked up for a new retail and leisure development on the site.
Along with Crompton Place, plans are moving forward at Church Wharf, where Muse is the council’s development partner. Working with architect AEW, Muse’s plans feature a residential-led mixed use development including around 320 homes as well as the potential for a hotel, offices, and ground-floor retail and commercial space. There will be a mix of one, two, and three-bed flats along with duplexes and townhouses.