North West secures £232m Levelling Up funds
Liverpool, Manchester, Bolton, Barrow-in-Furness and Wirral were some of the areas to receive government money in the latest announcement.
The government unveiled the first round of successful bids to its £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund on 27 October.
While the North West was, by and large, the big winner of the Levelling Up awards – securing £232,457,372 to be precise – North Wales was also successful. Wrexham received £13.3m for projects to boost its tourism economy.
Here is a list of the projects to receive the funds in the North West and North Wales:
Barrow-in-Furness: £15.9m for town centre regeneration, including improving Barrow Market, the town’s transport infrastructure and access to the Forum Theatre
Bolton: £20m for the building of the Bolton College of Medical Sciences in Farnworth.
Bury: £20m for creating a ‘flexi hall’ at Bury Market so it can have an events space or area for pop-up trading. Another £20m for building a civic and enterprise hub in Radcliffe.
Manchester: £19.8m to refurbish Campfield Market so it can become affordable tech workspaces.
Salford: £13m to create Salford Rise, a bridge to connect the University of Salford to a Salford “innovation zone”.
Tameside: £19.8m to restore Ashton Town Hall.
Burnley: £19.9m to expand the University of Central Lancashire at Trafalgar, upgrade Manchester Road train station and develop the area between the town centre and Turf Moor.
Pendle: £6.5m to make three theatres fully accessible for those with disabilities and to redevelop under-used sites and buildings in the town centre at Colne.
Liverpool City Region
Liverpool: £20m for cultural regeneration of the docks, with £10m for the Tate Liverpool and £10m for National Museums Liverpool.
Liverpool City Region: £37.5m for transport infrastructure improvements
Wirral: £19.6m to transform the waterfront at Woodside, including enhancing public spaces, upgrading the U-Boat Story attraction and to make major infrastructure improvements to the area leading to the removal of the Woodside Gyratory and a bus interchange area relocation.
Wrexham: £13.3m for projects to improve visitor economy, including redeveloping the Theatr Brycheiniog Arts Centre.