Work starts on transforming Market Place

From left, John Sullivan, dcinex consulting, Tim Vaughan,  Moorgarth, Denis O’Neill, construction manager, Malcolm Berry, operations manager, Market Place, Philip Dove, Light Cinemas UK and Nikki Wilson-Cook, centre manager, Market Place

From left, John Sullivan, dcinex consulting, Tim Vaughan, Moorgarth, Denis O’Neill, construction manager, Malcolm Berry, operations manager, Market Place, Philip Dove, Light Cinemas UK and Nikki Wilson-Cook, centre manager, Market Place

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

BUILDING work to transform Bolton Market Place is steaming ahead.

Main contractor, Wates Construction, has now moved on to site to start the much-anticipated trans-formation of the shopping centre.

The move follows Wates’ appointment to the project by Inception Holdings SARL last month.

Work will see the underground Victorian vaults transformed to create new restaurant, bar and retail spaces.

Designed by Wren Architects, the scheme will include a 30,000 sq ft nine-screen cinema complex.

Building work will also include renovations to the existing malls and the installation of additional escalators and lifts.

The shopping centre will remain fully open for business during the construction period.

Centre manager Nikki Wilson-Cook said: “In just six months since Moorgarth bought the asset, and through much hard work, determination and co-operation with all our tenants, I am thrilled to see work start on site this week.

“This beautiful historic market hall will be transformed within the next 12 months into a place for families, shoppers and visitors to Bolton to enjoy — a stylish retail, restaurant and leisure destination like no other in the North West.”

Philip Dove of The Light Cinemas, the cinema operator, added: “This is one of the most exciting cinema projects we are currently involved in, not only in the UK but in Europe. This will truly be a different cinema experience and will give Bolton something to boast about.”

Tony Shenton, business unit director, Wates Construction North West, said: “It is an exciting time as the ambitious plans to enhance Bolton Market Place begin to materialise and we have an excellent site team in place poised to ensure that we fulfil our client’s vision to create a vibrant leisure destination for the people of Bolton.

“Bolton Market Place will be kept fully operational and our continual engagement with the public and our neighbours will be at the heart of maintaining high standards in health and safety throughout our building works.”

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1:57pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

It's just a pity they got rid of the small businesses that were in there, that attracted families, shoppers and visitors from all over the region.

They could have had the shops that are there, including the eventual cinema, elsewhere.

Those shops have vastly diminished the size of the building from what it was. Whats done is done. Are the toilets underneath going to be restored or are they part of the cafe bars?
It's just a pity they got rid of the small businesses that were in there, that attracted families, shoppers and visitors from all over the region. They could have had the shops that are there, including the eventual cinema, elsewhere. Those shops have vastly diminished the size of the building from what it was. Whats done is done. Are the toilets underneath going to be restored or are they part of the cafe bars? Ernagy2
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5:39pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Hulton Park says...

the restaurantsand cinema are a good idea, but there's one more transformation needed:

the one back into a market hall.
the restaurantsand cinema are a good idea, but there's one more transformation needed: the one back into a market hall. Hulton Park
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11:19pm Wed 4 Jun 14

MissPeg says...

Whilst I would love to go back in time to change what has happened in the past, we can't.

The new owners of the Market Place are NOT the people who destroyed the Market Hall. They are the people who are now trying to redevelop it into something better than it has been since the last redevelopment.

I believe this is going to be a positive thing which will - hopefully - revitalise Bolton. But we all need to get behind them and make use of the space when it's finished.

We can talk about the great Market Hall until we're blue in the face. This is the future and it's time we accepted that.
Whilst I would love to go back in time to change what has happened in the past, we can't. The new owners of the Market Place are NOT the people who destroyed the Market Hall. They are the people who are now trying to redevelop it into something better than it has been since the last redevelopment. I believe this is going to be a positive thing which will - hopefully - revitalise Bolton. But we all need to get behind them and make use of the space when it's finished. We can talk about the great Market Hall until we're blue in the face. This is the future and it's time we accepted that. MissPeg
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