More details revealed as Asons submit plans for new £7 million office in Bolton town centre

An artist’s impression of the proposed Asons offices

Imran Akram, left, and Kamran Akram believe the offices will be a gateway to Bolton

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , business editor

A LAW firm has submitted a blueprint for a futuristic £7 million office to the Bolton Council’s planning department.

The Asons project will create a new gateway to the town centre on the site of the former Bolton College building in Clarence Street, and will result in up to 300 new jobs.

The plans have been submitted on behalf of Asons by Bolton construction and design consultants Bradshaw Gass and Hope, who will lead the project scheduled for completion by 2015.

As well as office space, the development will include a top-end restaurant run by an outside firm and space for business networking and corporate events, as well as a rooftop garden.

According to the submission, the site on land adjacent to Topp Way and St Peter’s Way “represents a gateway opportunity into Bolton with significant visibility” and “delivers a statement building that sits with the Asons growth strategy”.

The detailed plans, which also include significant elements of surrounding trees and shrubbery, divide the building into three zones.

  • A four-storey block accommodating reception space at ground level, open plan office space and a boardroom on the floors above;
  • A two-storey block housing open plan office space for a different department within the firm;
  • A single storey glazed space for the restaurant.

Outside there will be a car park for 54 vehicles, storage for bicycles, space for external bin storage and hard and soft landscaping.

Personal injury specialists Asons have enjoyed a meteoric rise since brothers Imran and Kamran Akram launched the firm in Chorley New Road five years ago.

They moved an expanding staff of 90 to Bark Street two years ago. They currently employ 200 staff and occupy three floors of that building. The brothers announced the ambitious project last year.

Kamran said: “We want to create a wow factor for people coming into the town.

“We could have expanded into another town or city, but we wanted to stay here because it has done really well for us and we feel part of the Bolton family.”

The application is due for consideration by Bolton’s planning committee in the spring, but it may be fast tracked if there are no objections from the owners of nearby properties.

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5:38pm Tue 28 Jan 14

George X says...

This is the type of business that when you stand back and look at the bigger picture you can't fail to see that it's a detriment to the town as a whole, accident lawyers are on a par with payday loan company's with regard to the negativity that comes with them and should be banned.
This is the type of business that when you stand back and look at the bigger picture you can't fail to see that it's a detriment to the town as a whole, accident lawyers are on a par with payday loan company's with regard to the negativity that comes with them and should be banned. George X
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9:27pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

in the last 20 years the number of deaths in the workplace has halved.

Only because companies are frightened of being sued.

If you have an accident due to someone else's negligence because it was cheaper you should get compensation, simple.
in the last 20 years the number of deaths in the workplace has halved. Only because companies are frightened of being sued. If you have an accident due to someone else's negligence because it was cheaper you should get compensation, simple. Jim271
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11:14pm Tue 28 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

Jim271 wrote:
in the last 20 years the number of deaths in the workplace has halved.

Only because companies are frightened of being sued.

If you have an accident due to someone else's negligence because it was cheaper you should get compensation, simple.
Well said Jim

If companies actually followed the law instead of bending or breaking then there would be no need for Personal Injury Specialist solicitors!!!

But if anyone did any research then they would also realise that Ansons also specialise in Medical Negligence and Industrial Disease
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: in the last 20 years the number of deaths in the workplace has halved. Only because companies are frightened of being sued. If you have an accident due to someone else's negligence because it was cheaper you should get compensation, simple.[/p][/quote]Well said Jim If companies actually followed the law instead of bending or breaking then there would be no need for Personal Injury Specialist solicitors!!! But if anyone did any research then they would also realise that Ansons also specialise in Medical Negligence and Industrial Disease BWFC71
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1:23pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Sickandtiredoffit says...

well surrounded by the top 10 hotspots round the country for whiplash and accident claims they cant fail to do well and hey if they work hard they deserve to be paid as for BWFC71 comment about Medical and industrial
i wonder what the percentages are i would think 90% accident
but if it brings new buildings and jobs it cant be a bad thing
well surrounded by the top 10 hotspots round the country for whiplash and accident claims they cant fail to do well and hey if they work hard they deserve to be paid as for BWFC71 comment about Medical and industrial i wonder what the percentages are i would think 90% accident but if it brings new buildings and jobs it cant be a bad thing Sickandtiredoffit
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12:04pm Thu 30 Jan 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

I can see the "Crash 4 cash" scam re-appearing in Bolton. Someone has to pay the 7 million.........us drivers!
I can see the "Crash 4 cash" scam re-appearing in Bolton. Someone has to pay the 7 million.........us drivers! FreedomOfSpeech1945
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