Former Bolton College campus to be sold for housing

Former Bolton College campus to be sold for housing

The site of the demolished Bolton College could soon be filled with 100 homes, as well as shops

The site of the demolished Bolton College could soon be filled with 100 homes, as well as shops

Bolton Metropolitan College in 1990

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

BOLTON College’s former Manchester Road campus is up for sale.

The site, which was granted outline planning permission for 100 homes and 400 square metres of non-food retail space last November, has been put on the market by PP Bolton LLP, Miller Metcalfe and Jones Lang LaSalle.

The college’s new £70 million site in Deane Road opened in 2010 and the former college buildings were demolished in 2013 to make way for the new development.

Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said: “Westbrook Gateway site is one of a number of key regeneration sites in and around the town centre of Bolton. We are delighted to invite partners to deliver the new homes on it.

“Bringing new residential development forward within walking distance of the town centre will help to bolster the businesses there and continue the council’s ambitious programme of regeneration for Bolton.”

Offers are invited on either an unconditional basis, or subject to approval of reserved matters, and should be sent to the office of Jones Lang LaSalle, in Manchester, no later than February 28.

John Fletcher, of Miller Metcalfe Commercial, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the disposal of a key strategic development on the periphery of the town centre.

“It adds to an already growing list of opportunities that are presenting themselves in Bolton as a whole.

“These include the redevelopment of the Market Place shopping centre, the proposed development of Ason’s Solicitors 40,000 sq ft office off St George’s Road, and the bus and train station redevelopment at Great Moor Street.

“We have seen a number of exciting private and public development schemes that are starting to come to fruition in the town centre. This can only be a positive thing and, while it is early days, it will hopefully have a positive impact on the town.”

It is hoped the Westbrook Gateway will bring more people into Bolton town centre.

FROM TECHNICAL SCHOOL TO BOLTON COLLEGE

  • In 1884 a report from the Royal Commission first said there was a need for a technical school in Bolton if it was to compete with the Continent and the Americas.
  • It was decided in 1887 that the town would commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee by raising funds for a Technical School.
  • The Bridgeman Place Technical School for Engineering and Textile Subjects first opened its doors in 1895.
  • By 1898 there were 564 students studying at the college and in 1901 £75,000 was spent buying a site for expansion in Spa Road.
  • The scheme was postponed by the outbreak of World War One and the site in Manchester Road was bought in 1931.
  • In 1934 the first full-time principal, Mr J W Simpkin was appointed and building work start in 1937.
  • During World War Two servicemen and women from across the country came to study at Bolton Technical College.
  • In 1963, the college split to become Bolton Technical College and the Bolton Institute of Technology (now the University of Bolton).
  • All further education colleges in Bolton, with the exception of the Bolton Institute of Technology, merged in 1982 and the Manchester Road college became the Bolton Metropolitan College.
  • In 1990, the Community Education Service is formed and Bolton Metropolitan College’s primary focus became vocational education and training.
  • On April 6, 2001, it was renamed Bolton Community College.
  • The government gave the go-ahead for the new building in Deane Road in March, 2009, and work started in October of that year.
  • Bolton Community College was rebranded Bolton College in April, 2010.
  • On September, 6, 2010, the Deane Road campus opened its doors for the first time.

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1:12pm Wed 5 Feb 14

M.I.B. says...

Whatever happened to the plans to turn the site into a behemoth law office?
Whatever happened to the plans to turn the site into a behemoth law office? M.I.B.
  • Score: 1

1:33pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Count de Monet says...

M.I.B. wrote:
Whatever happened to the plans to turn the site into a behemoth law office?
If you mean the new office for the solicitors dealing with accident claims, then you have got the wrong site. The new office is to be built near St.Georges Street on the other side of the town centre.
[quote][p][bold]M.I.B.[/bold] wrote: Whatever happened to the plans to turn the site into a behemoth law office?[/p][/quote]If you mean the new office for the solicitors dealing with accident claims, then you have got the wrong site. The new office is to be built near St.Georges Street on the other side of the town centre. Count de Monet
  • Score: 6

2:08pm Wed 5 Feb 14

boltonnut says...

The site will be used for affordable housing for the new imigrants that Bolton can't afford.
The site will be used for affordable housing for the new imigrants that Bolton can't afford. boltonnut
  • Score: 13

3:14pm Wed 5 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

NOT the right place for housing. That's one of the last places any normal person would want to live.

Clueless Cliff the stiff grabbing at anything that will make him and his kN08heAd cronies look like they are making a difference.

Political 8ul*5H1t from Bolton Council.
NOT the right place for housing. That's one of the last places any normal person would want to live. Clueless Cliff the stiff grabbing at anything that will make him and his kN08heAd cronies look like they are making a difference. Political 8ul*5H1t from Bolton Council. wsw69
  • Score: 15

3:19pm Wed 5 Feb 14

filthy6 says...

wsw69 wrote:
NOT the right place for housing. That's one of the last places any normal person would want to live. Clueless Cliff the stiff grabbing at anything that will make him and his kN08heAd cronies look like they are making a difference. Political 8ul*5H1t from Bolton Council.
So do what with it - more out of town shops?
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: NOT the right place for housing. That's one of the last places any normal person would want to live. Clueless Cliff the stiff grabbing at anything that will make him and his kN08heAd cronies look like they are making a difference. Political 8ul*5H1t from Bolton Council.[/p][/quote]So do what with it - more out of town shops? filthy6
  • Score: -6

5:09pm Wed 5 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

filthy6 wrote:
wsw69 wrote:
NOT the right place for housing. That's one of the last places any normal person would want to live. Clueless Cliff the stiff grabbing at anything that will make him and his kN08heAd cronies look like they are making a difference. Political 8ul*5H1t from Bolton Council.
So do what with it - more out of town shops?
Not necessarily just shops, offices or a small set of industrial units for small businesses.

Last thing I'd want is a house located in what is primarily industrial area surrounded by a very busy main road, St Peters Way to the rear, a busy dual carriageway to the side and also train lines across the main road.

The only benefit of owning a house in that location is good shopping facilities.

First three things to consider when buying a house is location, location, location. And any houses built there wouldn't have a decent value or resale value. I can see ugly, thrown up little boxes which in not many years time will look bloody awful.

Each to their own, but that's not the right place for family housing.
[quote][p][bold]filthy6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: NOT the right place for housing. That's one of the last places any normal person would want to live. Clueless Cliff the stiff grabbing at anything that will make him and his kN08heAd cronies look like they are making a difference. Political 8ul*5H1t from Bolton Council.[/p][/quote]So do what with it - more out of town shops?[/p][/quote]Not necessarily just shops, offices or a small set of industrial units for small businesses. Last thing I'd want is a house located in what is primarily industrial area surrounded by a very busy main road, St Peters Way to the rear, a busy dual carriageway to the side and also train lines across the main road. The only benefit of owning a house in that location is good shopping facilities. First three things to consider when buying a house is location, location, location. And any houses built there wouldn't have a decent value or resale value. I can see ugly, thrown up little boxes which in not many years time will look bloody awful. Each to their own, but that's not the right place for family housing. wsw69
  • Score: 22

5:28pm Wed 5 Feb 14

LordLeverhulme says...

The only reason it's being offered for housing is because nobody wants it for retail or office use.
And I can't see anybody taking it for housing either.
They'll end up virtually giving it away.
The only reason it's being offered for housing is because nobody wants it for retail or office use. And I can't see anybody taking it for housing either. They'll end up virtually giving it away. LordLeverhulme
  • Score: 6

7:16pm Wed 5 Feb 14

atlas123 says...

wsw69 wrote:
filthy6 wrote:
wsw69 wrote:
NOT the right place for housing. That's one of the last places any normal person would want to live. Clueless Cliff the stiff grabbing at anything that will make him and his kN08heAd cronies look like they are making a difference. Political 8ul*5H1t from Bolton Council.
So do what with it - more out of town shops?
Not necessarily just shops, offices or a small set of industrial units for small businesses.

Last thing I'd want is a house located in what is primarily industrial area surrounded by a very busy main road, St Peters Way to the rear, a busy dual carriageway to the side and also train lines across the main road.

The only benefit of owning a house in that location is good shopping facilities.

First three things to consider when buying a house is location, location, location. And any houses built there wouldn't have a decent value or resale value. I can see ugly, thrown up little boxes which in not many years time will look bloody awful.

Each to their own, but that's not the right place for family housing.
On the face of it i agree, however there are a number of houses (Heron's way, Dunlin Close etc) behind the old college building, I can't see the old pub and the business centre lasting much longer either.

Retail centers and the Town centre is shrinking, so i suppose this is the first of a new town centre edge developments. Its just like the Marsden road flats i suppose. I can see flats.... sorry apartments being built there in a horseshoe shape with access either from Manchester Road (make the retail park lights 4 way or from the street behind.
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]filthy6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: NOT the right place for housing. That's one of the last places any normal person would want to live. Clueless Cliff the stiff grabbing at anything that will make him and his kN08heAd cronies look like they are making a difference. Political 8ul*5H1t from Bolton Council.[/p][/quote]So do what with it - more out of town shops?[/p][/quote]Not necessarily just shops, offices or a small set of industrial units for small businesses. Last thing I'd want is a house located in what is primarily industrial area surrounded by a very busy main road, St Peters Way to the rear, a busy dual carriageway to the side and also train lines across the main road. The only benefit of owning a house in that location is good shopping facilities. First three things to consider when buying a house is location, location, location. And any houses built there wouldn't have a decent value or resale value. I can see ugly, thrown up little boxes which in not many years time will look bloody awful. Each to their own, but that's not the right place for family housing.[/p][/quote]On the face of it i agree, however there are a number of houses (Heron's way, Dunlin Close etc) behind the old college building, I can't see the old pub and the business centre lasting much longer either. Retail centers and the Town centre is shrinking, so i suppose this is the first of a new town centre edge developments. Its just like the Marsden road flats i suppose. I can see flats.... sorry apartments being built there in a horseshoe shape with access either from Manchester Road (make the retail park lights 4 way or from the street behind. atlas123
  • Score: 3

10:18am Thu 6 Feb 14

heaton watcher says...

Quite a good site for affordable housing I'd have thought!
Quite a good site for affordable housing I'd have thought! heaton watcher
  • Score: 3

10:28am Thu 6 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

I think its a great idea rather than building on the green belt land.
I think its a great idea rather than building on the green belt land. Jim271
  • Score: 3

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