Oldham Council estimates the Spindles revamp will complete in 2024. Credit: Aew Architects

Work starts on Spindles revamp in Oldham

Main contractor Willmott Dixon has begun major works on the site, including stripping out the former TJ Hughes store to ready it for demolition.

The new Tommyfield Market will be built on the cleared site. The market will be 50,000 sq ft and have space for events.

A 2024 completion date is being eyed for the council-led project.

“This is an exciting milestone in the project and you will soon start to see lots of changes taking place as we reshape the building for the future,” said Oldham Council Leader Cllr Amanda Chadderton.

While construction continues, Spindles will remain open. The entire redevelopment project includes the creation of 75,000 sq ft of private office and coworking space in the mall and an archival space.

CGI showing the future interior of the Spindles office space. Credit: Aew Architects

Oldham Council is doing more than just focusing on big-ticket items, according to Chadderton.

“We’re also improving the facilities, which includes putting in a Changing Places toilet, containing adult-sized changing benches, curtains, hoists and space for carers to help people with disabilities,” she said.

“Accessibility will also be made better throughout the centre – something you told us was really important during the Big Oldham Conversation consultation.”

Planning permission for the revamp of the 450,000 sq ft Spindles was secured in June. The scheme is designed by Aew Architects.

CGI showing the new Tommyfield Market. Credit: Aew Architects

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