Oldham to self-deliver Spindles redevelopment
Having bought the shopping centre for £9.5m last year, the council has confirmed that it will not appoint a delivery partner to bring the scheme forward.
“Oldham Council engaged with the developer and construction market earlier this year around delivery strategies. We have decided to deliver the Spindles redevelopment ourselves,” Oldham Council told Place North West.
The authority clarified that it was “looking to procure a development partner” for the wider regeneration of Oldham town centre, focusing on the sites vacated by the council as part of the authority’s move into Spindles. This process will begin next year, the council said.
In a statement to Place North West, Oldham Council said a planning application for the Spindles project would be lodged before the end of the year.
Subject to planning approval, the first phase of the scheme could commence in early 2022.
This would entail the demolition of TJ Hughes and the repurposing of the existing civic centre into homes.
The main refurbishment of Spindles, which includes converting retail units on the upper floor of the shopping centre into workspace, will commence in June 2022 and last for around 18 months.
Another element of the project will see Tommyfield Market relocated to a modern, new-build venue.
The new Tommyfield Market, which would feature a food court, would extend from Town Square through the old TJ Hughes space and into Parliament Square.
Aew Architects is leading on the design of the project, expected to complete by the end of 2023.
Cllr Arooj Shah, Oldham Council Leader, said: “We’ve explored a number of delivery options to find the best fit for Oldham and are pleased to be nearing the next major milestones in the redevelopment of Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre and Oldham town centre.
“There’s a massive opportunity in Oldham to create a thriving town with homes, business, leisure and culture at its heart.
“We look forward to seeing our plans start to take shape and working with people who share our vision and ambition.”