Oldham launches Parliament Square

Oldham Council has released artist's impressions of the public square planned as part of the redevelopment of the Old Town Hall, in a bid to secure six restaurant occupiers. [GALLERY]

The council agreed a deal with cinema provider Odeon in March to open a seven-screen cinema in the Old Town Hall. The development will extend the building to include an 805-seat family cinema, in addition to six restaurants.

There will be a public square next to the venue in Clegg Street, which the council said it will rename Parliament Square. The name reflects a historic road found to have run underneath the area, Parliament Street.

The five ground-floor and one first-floor restaurant will have outdoor seating areas with views across the public space.

Tushingham Moore has been appointed as letting agents. The restaurant units will range in size from 2,500 sq ft to 6,070 sq ft.

Jim McMahon, leader of Oldham Council, said: "We know how important good public spaces are to having a well-linked, vibrant and successful town centre and this location (formerly Clegg Street) is vital because it straddles both our retail shopping heart and our new Independent Quarter.

"These artists' impressions are only illustrative at this stage but they signal our ambition and vision here to create a stunning public square. We want this to be a buzzing new environment where folk and families from all walks of life can eat and socialise, enjoy arts and cultural events and attractions like specialist markets. It is something that Oldham has lacked for too long."

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