Proposals for the mixed-use development, part of Bolton’s £1.5bn masterplan, will be showcased at a consultation next week, with a contractor and office occupiers already in the frame.
Dubbed Trinity Gateway, the project is set to feature a20-storey block of 144 apartments, sitting alongside 30,000 sq ft of offices and a 494-space multi-storey car park. The site covers 1.6 acres on the corner of Bradshawgate and Trinity Street in the town centre.
According to the developer, Beechlane Investments, a contractor, office occupiers, and an operator for the multi-storey car park are all already in talks to help bring the scheme forward; Place North West understands Bolton-based Seddon is in discussions to build the project.
Under the proposals, there will also be part of the site set aside for a large area of public space. JM Architects has designed the scheme with P4 acting as planner; Miller Metcalfe is the appointed agent for the office, while Cundall is also advising on the build.
Beechlane Investments is the developer; the tower was previously announced under developer Midia’s name in February this year. According to Companies House, Alex Colbeck of Midia is listed as a director at Beechlane Investments, along with Harry Dhaliwal, who is also a director of fellow developer Step Places. Louise Turner is also listed as a director; both Colbeck and Turner are also listed as holding “significant control” over the company.
A planning application is expected next month with work expected to start in 2020, subject to consent.
Two public consultation events on the scheme are taking place in the next seven days. The first will take place between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 2 November at the former Clarks shoe shop at 20-22 Crompton Place; a second event will follow on Monday 4 November between 3pm and 7pm at the same location.
Colbeck said: “Trinity Gateway is a truly transformative project and one which will elevate the profile of the town and set a new benchmark for quality in Bolton. It is a tremendously exciting time for the town with a number of significant development proposals about to enter the delivery phase.
“The site demands a development of the highest quality and we are very proud of the plans we’re proposing. We look forward to receiving feedback from the local community and other stakeholders on the proposals and bringing them closer to realisation.
“We are determined that local people and businesses benefit as much as possible from this development. We’ll work hard to deliver community engagement opportunities and seek guarantees from the supply chain that this thinking is given the necessary emphasis by all involved.”