Wigan to give consent for leisure element of £135m Galleries
An 84,000 sq ft complex featuring a cinema, bowling alley, and mini-golf is the next part of Cityheart and the local council’s town centre regeneration project to come forward.
Billed as a Multi Media Centre, this part of the multi-phase Wigan Galleries project will also include a climbing wall, public events space, and a games arcade along with food & beverage units.
The scheme, part of the wider £135m redevelopment of the town centre, has been recommended for approval by Wigan Council planning officers.
A hybrid application was approved in November 2021 for the Galleries project, which will also include 483 homes across seven buildings, a 144-bedroom hotel, a retirement living complex, a market hall and food court, as well as new landscaped areas of public realm including a public square.
A Cityheart spokesperson said: “We are hopeful of a positive outcome but we will wait and see if the council recommends for approval next week.”
Cityheart and partner Wigan Council submitted a reserved matters application for the leisure complex at the former shopping centre earlier this year.
JM Architects has designed the overall scheme. Cityheart was selected as development partner in December 2020.
A development agreement was signed in June 2021. Vacant possession was secured and site remediation started in July last year by principal contractor BECGI Construction (UK).
Work started in earnest in November on the first residential areas and the market hall, which is expected to be the first building completed.
The planning application reference number is A/23/95235/MAJOR. The project team includes Hydrock as geoenvironmental and fire engineering consultants.