Willmott Dixon picked for Spindles revamp 

The contractor will begin by knocking down the former TJ Hughes unit, paving the way for the redevelopment of the Oldham shopping complex. 

Willmott Dixon can begin demolition work immediately after approval was granted last year. The demolition of TJ Hughes will pave the way for the creation of a new split-level Tommyfield Market.

The other element of the first phase will see 10,000 sq ft of vacant retail space in Spindles converted into workspace for the council.  

A detailed planning application for the Spindles redevelopment will be submitted soon, according to the council.

Subject to approvals, the main building work is expected to get underway later this year. The full redevelopment is scheduled to complete towards the end of 2023. 

Oldham Council is self-delivering the Spindles project, having acquired the shopping centre for £9.5m in 2020.  

AEW Architects is leading on the design of the Spindles scheme and SpaceInvader is the interior designer.  

Hive Planning is project manager and WSP is the structural engineer. 

Cllr Arooj Shah, Oldham Council leader, said: “The redevelopment of Spindles will transform Oldham and support our town to recover from the pandemic. I look forward to seeing work progress and delivering the many benefits this project will bring to the borough. 

“Wilmott Dixon is a hugely experienced company whose northern headquarters are based in the borough. The company knows first-hand the importance of this project and the positive change it is going to bring to our town.” 

Willmott Dixon has pledged a £10m social value package, which will create 16 local construction jobs. In addition, the company will spend £8.8m with the local supply chain. 

Anthony Dillon, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the north, said: “As an Oldham-based company, we are really proud to be appointed to continue to play our part in shaping the future of the town centre alongside Oldham Council. 

“Our focus is all about how we can deliver brilliant buildings, transform lives, strengthen communities and enhance the environment so our towns are fit for future generations. Our role here means that the Spindles redevelopment will be built for the people of Oldham by the people of Oldham, and we will work with our local supply chain partners to create sustainable employment opportunities and a lasting positive legacy in this community.” 

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