Trinity Gateway Bolton October 2019

Team lined up to deliver 20-storey Bolton tower

Charlie Schouten

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.”

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Trinity this, trinity that! Is the holy trinity really THAT important, theologically speaking. And why ‘gateway’: Gateway to or from what? It’s nearly as daft as folk calling their kids Taylor (a profession) or Chelsea (a place) or Ford (a car). Why not call the building Royale Esplanade Bona Vista; that sounds posh enough, surely?. Yours truly, Adolf Broadbottom

By James Yates

Plans look good. Lets hope they are passed and construction starts soon. Bolton centre has huge amounts of potential.

By Nick

At least another144 cars car park for ? How many cars plus those in the office block. Along with 120 car user’s in a nearby mill conversion. All to converge on possibly the most congested junction in Bolton. The council need to sort out this before passing these plans to ensure no further gridlock at this junction Along with the junction on Bradford Street leading Bury and St Peter’s Way A666 to Manchester.

By Brian Grimshaw

Gateway to the grimmest town in GM.

By Elephant

Of all the visions for the town centre this one disappoints me. Such bland buildings and the landscape scheme in todays local paper is dire!

By DJ

About time they built high instead of wide for residents, next to a busy junction may not of been the best place to put it, but its near to motorway and pubs so, its fitting for young party goers and going into Manchester, pleasantly wanting this to succeed, let their be more high rise and healthier places to eat in Bolton, best place to live, looking forward to see the price of the apartments, it be great for landlords and investors, thumbs up!

By Yup