Transformation planned for old Bolton Bus Station site

Developer Step Places and social housing provider Bolton at Home are teaming up to transform 3.8 acres of brownfield into an array of houses, apartments, green space and shops.

AEW Architects designed the scheme, which just wrapped up its public consultation. Plans are expected to be submitted soon to Bolton Council for approval.

The proposal focuses on three sites, the largest being the vacant bus station that sits off Moor Lane. A smaller site is nearby, just to the east of Blackhorse Street and south of the existing Bolton Blackhorse Job Centre. A second smaller site is also east of Blackhorse Street, but north of the job centre.

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The proposed development as seen from Moor Lane. Credit: AEW Architects

If the scheme continues to the council without many changes, it will include 33 one- and two-bedroom apartments for those over the age of 55. Also: 44 three-bedroom terraced houses with private gardens, 131 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Of the 131 apartments, 27 would be designated affordable. There would also be 34 affordable apartments for older residents. The proposals also call for 23 houses to be shared ownership.

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AEW Architect’s designs include plans for open green spaces. Credit: AEW Architects

AEW’s designs include public realm with cycle paths and enhanced pedestrian routes. There would also be three commercial units, located at the corner of Cheadle Square and Queen’s Street, as well as at the corner of Ashburner Street and Queen’s Street.

“Step Places and Bolton at Home are working together to redevelop Bolton’s disused bus station into an ambitious housing and commercial development,” said a Step Places spokesperson.

“We are proud that our plans offer a wide range of carefully designed homes to cater for all members of the local community. Alongside the new facilities and public open space, the development will help to create a thriving community in the heart of Bolton.”

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The view of the Bolton Town Hall from the scheme. Credit: AEW Architects

The Bolton Bus Station has been awaiting redevelopment since its last bus left on 3 September 2017, after the city finished a £48m transport interchange on Great Moor Street.

Euan Kellie Property Solutions is the planner on the project. Lexington facilitated the consultation phase.

You can see the consultation plans for yourself at

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