Restaurants to complete The Rock

Hammerson is to develop the final part of The Rock Bury; four restaurants on the site of the old Sol Viva nightclub.

The site has been cordoned off since the £350m retail-led scheme opened in July 2010. The Rock was started by Thornfield but completed by Hammerson after Halifax Bank of Scotland put subsidiary Thornfield Ventures into administration.

Architect BDP designed the Rock and was retained for this final piece of the jigsaw.

GVA obtained full planning permission for the restaurant phase on behalf of Hammerson. Chris Argent, associate at GVA, said: "To receive planning permission within five weeks of application submission is testament to the quality of the scheme and collaborative working with Bury Council.

"The restaurant scheme will enhance the vitality and viability of Bury town centre and achieve a quality development in a key transition area between the traditional shopping areas and The Rock development. There is significant demand from national chain restaurants for representation in Bury town centre and the scheme will further enhance the evening economy and importantly the family-orientated leisure offer."

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Brilliant just what we didn’t need, how many places to eat are there in the area already? lets just hope the bank find someone stupid and rich enough to buy it and start running the rock in a positive way rather that just screwing over existing people in the town

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