Work to start on £14 million Market Place revamp next month

An artist’s impression of how the revamped Market Place vaults will look

An artist’s impression of how the revamped Market Place vaults will look

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

WORK on the £14 million redevelopment of Bolton’s Market Place - with the addition of restaurants and a cinema to the shopping centre - will start next month.

Wates Construction has been appointed to carry out the work, which will see the creation of a 30,000 sq ft nine-screen cinema complex on top of the shopping centre.

The firm will also restore the Victorian vaults under the centre, creating new restaurant, bar and retail spaces.

Construction is expected to reach completion in spring, 2015, following a 44-week build programme.

Tony Shenton, business unit director for Wates Construction North West, said: “Plans to develop the Market Place have understandably enjoyed widespread support and this is evidence that the scheme is set to become an excellent leisure destination for the people of Bolton.

“We are currently preparing to start construction alongside the fully operational shopping centre and we will remain focused on engaging with local businesses and customers to ensure minimal disruption is caused.”

Tim Vaughan, chief executive of Moorgarth, owners of Market Place Shopping Centre, said: “When we put forward the vision for the future of the Market Place we knew that we would be expected to deliver the goods as quickly as possible, and rightly so.

“Now we have the green light from Bolton Council, we are delighted to be working with Wates to get the construction under way to deliver a high quality asset which will create a much needed nighttime family-friendly economy that everyone in Bolton and beyond can enjoy.”

Bolton’s planning committee gave the scheme the go-ahead earlier this month, despite strong objections and the threat of legal action from rival centre Crompton Place, which has also lodged plans to build its own cinema.

In addition to the cinema plan, Moorgarth received listed building consent to create new shop fronts in the Grade-II listed Market Hall, relocate listed telephone boxes in Bridge Street and create a new atrium roof at the junction between the Market Hall and the North Mall.

The Light Cinemas, an independent operator, will run the Market Place cinema, while Crompton Place says it has had interest from major operators Odeon and Reel.

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7:12am Tue 20 May 14

cranks says...

Let us hope for the population of bolton they do a better job of it than they did last time they so called improved the building?
Let us hope for the population of bolton they do a better job of it than they did last time they so called improved the building? cranks
  • Score: 26

8:03am Tue 20 May 14

BoltonNick says...

cranks wrote:
Let us hope for the population of bolton they do a better job of it than they did last time they so called improved the building?
Thankfully it is Moorgarth undertaking this transformation and not the last owners of The Market Place who went into administration! Moorgarth have an excellent record of turning around failing shopping centres to become a central focus again!
[quote][p][bold]cranks[/bold] wrote: Let us hope for the population of bolton they do a better job of it than they did last time they so called improved the building?[/p][/quote]Thankfully it is Moorgarth undertaking this transformation and not the last owners of The Market Place who went into administration! Moorgarth have an excellent record of turning around failing shopping centres to become a central focus again! BoltonNick
  • Score: 11

11:03am Tue 20 May 14

John Edwards says...

I agree with both of the above, but it should never have been altered in the first place and the same goes for Ashburner St market.. Bolton has been totally ripped apart.
I agree with both of the above, but it should never have been altered in the first place and the same goes for Ashburner St market.. Bolton has been totally ripped apart. John Edwards
  • Score: 17

11:28am Tue 20 May 14

LordLeverhulme says...

Wasn't £14m the same amount that the Council spent doing up Ashburner Street market?

or was it £14.00 ?

Looking at the finished product.. it's hard to tell.
Wasn't £14m the same amount that the Council spent doing up Ashburner Street market? or was it £14.00 ? Looking at the finished product.. it's hard to tell. LordLeverhulme
  • Score: 5

12:48pm Tue 20 May 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Why was our Cliff not mentioned in this article?

Love Mrs Morris.
Why was our Cliff not mentioned in this article? Love Mrs Morris. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 14

2:28pm Tue 20 May 14

Ronnies27 says...

LordLeverhulme wrote:
Wasn't £14m the same amount that the Council spent doing up Ashburner Street market?

or was it £14.00 ?

Looking at the finished product.. it's hard to tell.
You've obviously never been in it then.
[quote][p][bold]LordLeverhulme[/bold] wrote: Wasn't £14m the same amount that the Council spent doing up Ashburner Street market? or was it £14.00 ? Looking at the finished product.. it's hard to tell.[/p][/quote]You've obviously never been in it then. Ronnies27
  • Score: 3

2:32pm Tue 20 May 14

BoltonNick says...

Ronnies27 wrote:
LordLeverhulme wrote:
Wasn't £14m the same amount that the Council spent doing up Ashburner Street market?

or was it £14.00 ?

Looking at the finished product.. it's hard to tell.
You've obviously never been in it then.
Plus it isn't finished yet as they are still doing the outside stalls, on the bus station side!
[quote][p][bold]Ronnies27[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LordLeverhulme[/bold] wrote: Wasn't £14m the same amount that the Council spent doing up Ashburner Street market? or was it £14.00 ? Looking at the finished product.. it's hard to tell.[/p][/quote]You've obviously never been in it then.[/p][/quote]Plus it isn't finished yet as they are still doing the outside stalls, on the bus station side! BoltonNick
  • Score: -2

2:35pm Tue 20 May 14

Ernagy2 says...

Sadly I think it's going to be a waste of money and time. The cinema will be shut in about 5 years because of lack of numbers.

Bolton doesn't really need more cafes and bars for alcoholics to dwell. It needs better quality shopping and places of interest. If people want to go to the cinema they'll go to Middlebrook or the valley. Neither of the cinemas are next to the proposed new bus station.

Also parking in the Market place is really expensive so I'm really not sure that this is going to work at all. Other things need to be in Bolton for it to have a chance - why did the Odeon, the Lido and Studio 1 & 2 close? It was because no one was visiting.

Cinemas out of town are easier to get to and there is free parking. Is a free bus service planned from the new bus station to the new cinema? Bolton really has to pull up it's socks for this to work.

I of course support any initiative to get people back into Bolton, it's just I have reservations about this.
Sadly I think it's going to be a waste of money and time. The cinema will be shut in about 5 years because of lack of numbers. Bolton doesn't really need more cafes and bars for alcoholics to dwell. It needs better quality shopping and places of interest. If people want to go to the cinema they'll go to Middlebrook or the valley. Neither of the cinemas are next to the proposed new bus station. Also parking in the Market place is really expensive so I'm really not sure that this is going to work at all. Other things need to be in Bolton for it to have a chance - why did the Odeon, the Lido and Studio 1 & 2 close? It was because no one was visiting. Cinemas out of town are easier to get to and there is free parking. Is a free bus service planned from the new bus station to the new cinema? Bolton really has to pull up it's socks for this to work. I of course support any initiative to get people back into Bolton, it's just I have reservations about this. Ernagy2
  • Score: 7

2:41pm Tue 20 May 14

BoltonNick says...

Ernagy2 wrote:
Sadly I think it's going to be a waste of money and time. The cinema will be shut in about 5 years because of lack of numbers.

Bolton doesn't really need more cafes and bars for alcoholics to dwell. It needs better quality shopping and places of interest. If people want to go to the cinema they'll go to Middlebrook or the valley. Neither of the cinemas are next to the proposed new bus station.

Also parking in the Market place is really expensive so I'm really not sure that this is going to work at all. Other things need to be in Bolton for it to have a chance - why did the Odeon, the Lido and Studio 1 & 2 close? It was because no one was visiting.

Cinemas out of town are easier to get to and there is free parking. Is a free bus service planned from the new bus station to the new cinema? Bolton really has to pull up it's socks for this to work.

I of course support any initiative to get people back into Bolton, it's just I have reservations about this.
Market lace is quite cheap nowadays - especially as the first 90 minutes are free!

Like was mentioned yesterday the new bus station is in the wrong part of town and should be on the northside where everything is, as it is the new bus station will make it easier for people to go to other towns and cities whereas if you want to stay in Bolton you will have to walk through the ghetto.

We already have a free bus service which circles the town, but as there has been a budget cut at the TfGM I cannot see it lasting past December this year, when the contract finishes.

But I agree the town has to have more than just 2 cinemas and a few cafe's - we need more decent restaurants, possibly an Ice skating rink, roller skating rink, laser quest style place, and dare I say an activity centre that has things like faux-rock climbing and how about a place that has dodgems and carousels, or even inside "crazy" golf?
[quote][p][bold]Ernagy2[/bold] wrote: Sadly I think it's going to be a waste of money and time. The cinema will be shut in about 5 years because of lack of numbers. Bolton doesn't really need more cafes and bars for alcoholics to dwell. It needs better quality shopping and places of interest. If people want to go to the cinema they'll go to Middlebrook or the valley. Neither of the cinemas are next to the proposed new bus station. Also parking in the Market place is really expensive so I'm really not sure that this is going to work at all. Other things need to be in Bolton for it to have a chance - why did the Odeon, the Lido and Studio 1 & 2 close? It was because no one was visiting. Cinemas out of town are easier to get to and there is free parking. Is a free bus service planned from the new bus station to the new cinema? Bolton really has to pull up it's socks for this to work. I of course support any initiative to get people back into Bolton, it's just I have reservations about this.[/p][/quote]Market lace is quite cheap nowadays - especially as the first 90 minutes are free! Like was mentioned yesterday the new bus station is in the wrong part of town and should be on the northside where everything is, as it is the new bus station will make it easier for people to go to other towns and cities whereas if you want to stay in Bolton you will have to walk through the ghetto. We already have a free bus service which circles the town, but as there has been a budget cut at the TfGM I cannot see it lasting past December this year, when the contract finishes. But I agree the town has to have more than just 2 cinemas and a few cafe's - we need more decent restaurants, possibly an Ice skating rink, roller skating rink, laser quest style place, and dare I say an activity centre that has things like faux-rock climbing and how about a place that has dodgems and carousels, or even inside "crazy" golf? BoltonNick
  • Score: -22

4:40pm Tue 20 May 14

Jim271 says...

I personally think Bolton Town Centre should be allowed to die a dignified death.

People can shop on-line these days, plus have you been into a town centre pub recently, they are full of people I don't know how to describe.
I personally think Bolton Town Centre should be allowed to die a dignified death. People can shop on-line these days, plus have you been into a town centre pub recently, they are full of people I don't know how to describe. Jim271
  • Score: -1

6:21pm Tue 20 May 14

mondoosh says...

How about Bradshawgate/Bank street, they are the pits of Bolton at the mo that's in need of regeneration,
How about Bradshawgate/Bank street, they are the pits of Bolton at the mo that's in need of regeneration, mondoosh
  • Score: 5

7:18pm Tue 20 May 14

andy_88 says...

Really?? this bus station argument still going? buses run either side of the market place so that old excuse is pointless. The market place has its own security so people wont be causing trouble inside and I have also been told that the Moorgarth group have had many interested retail companies visit the market place as they have confidence in the groups ability from what they did in Leeds. I live in Harwood and if it come to be a choice of Middlebrook, the valley or a new cinema in Bolton i will say Bolton as the Valley is a dump and Middlebrook is 5 miles away!!. Please why don't people in Bolton see positives such as this work being done rather than having a depressing outlook on life.
Really?? this bus station argument still going? buses run either side of the market place so that old excuse is pointless. The market place has its own security so people wont be causing trouble inside and I have also been told that the Moorgarth group have had many interested retail companies visit the market place as they have confidence in the groups ability from what they did in Leeds. I live in Harwood and if it come to be a choice of Middlebrook, the valley or a new cinema in Bolton i will say Bolton as the Valley is a dump and Middlebrook is 5 miles away!!. Please why don't people in Bolton see positives such as this work being done rather than having a depressing outlook on life. andy_88
  • Score: 5

7:28pm Tue 20 May 14

holloway_david says...

I agree with the cinema and the rest of the project but to make this a success and bring people into the area; Bolton Council need to make all parking free of charge at least from 6.00pm onwards. As far as other businesses are concerned for daytime trade they need to have reduced business rates to attract any future interest in the area.
I agree with the cinema and the rest of the project but to make this a success and bring people into the area; Bolton Council need to make all parking free of charge at least from 6.00pm onwards. As far as other businesses are concerned for daytime trade they need to have reduced business rates to attract any future interest in the area. holloway_david
  • Score: 4

7:36pm Tue 20 May 14

BoltonNick says...

andy_88 wrote:
Really?? this bus station argument still going? buses run either side of the market place so that old excuse is pointless. The market place has its own security so people wont be causing trouble inside and I have also been told that the Moorgarth group have had many interested retail companies visit the market place as they have confidence in the groups ability from what they did in Leeds. I live in Harwood and if it come to be a choice of Middlebrook, the valley or a new cinema in Bolton i will say Bolton as the Valley is a dump and Middlebrook is 5 miles away!!. Please why don't people in Bolton see positives such as this work being done rather than having a depressing outlook on life.
But not all the buses run either side off the bus station - routes 8, 22, 36, 37, 68, 471, 536, 510, 512, 513, 524, 540, 551, 553, 559, 571, 572, 574, 582, 715 and 715X (65 buses an hour) Don't go anywhere near The Market Place (only 1, 125, 273, 501, 507, 519, 525, 526, 527, 533, 534, 535, 537, 544, 561, 562, 570, 575, 576 operate near The Market Place - 54 buses an hour) So more than half the buses don't go near The Market Place!!!

But apart from that totally agree with you with regards to Moorgarth and to which cinema of choice I will be using!
[quote][p][bold]andy_88[/bold] wrote: Really?? this bus station argument still going? buses run either side of the market place so that old excuse is pointless. The market place has its own security so people wont be causing trouble inside and I have also been told that the Moorgarth group have had many interested retail companies visit the market place as they have confidence in the groups ability from what they did in Leeds. I live in Harwood and if it come to be a choice of Middlebrook, the valley or a new cinema in Bolton i will say Bolton as the Valley is a dump and Middlebrook is 5 miles away!!. Please why don't people in Bolton see positives such as this work being done rather than having a depressing outlook on life.[/p][/quote]But not all the buses run either side off the bus station - routes 8, 22, 36, 37, 68, 471, 536, 510, 512, 513, 524, 540, 551, 553, 559, 571, 572, 574, 582, 715 and 715X (65 buses an hour) Don't go anywhere near The Market Place (only 1, 125, 273, 501, 507, 519, 525, 526, 527, 533, 534, 535, 537, 544, 561, 562, 570, 575, 576 operate near The Market Place - 54 buses an hour) So more than half the buses don't go near The Market Place!!! But apart from that totally agree with you with regards to Moorgarth and to which cinema of choice I will be using! BoltonNick
  • Score: -23

11:22am Wed 21 May 14

BoltonNick says...

holloway_david wrote:
I agree with the cinema and the rest of the project but to make this a success and bring people into the area; Bolton Council need to make all parking free of charge at least from 6.00pm onwards. As far as other businesses are concerned for daytime trade they need to have reduced business rates to attract any future interest in the area.
Agree with you in principle.

As regards to Business Rates, unfortunately the Council has no say as they are set by Central Government and the next review of the rates are going to be conducted after the next General Election.
[quote][p][bold]holloway_david[/bold] wrote: I agree with the cinema and the rest of the project but to make this a success and bring people into the area; Bolton Council need to make all parking free of charge at least from 6.00pm onwards. As far as other businesses are concerned for daytime trade they need to have reduced business rates to attract any future interest in the area.[/p][/quote]Agree with you in principle. As regards to Business Rates, unfortunately the Council has no say as they are set by Central Government and the next review of the rates are going to be conducted after the next General Election. BoltonNick
  • Score: -9

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