Big tent going up in Market Place as restoration work starts

Big tent going up in Market Place as restoration work starts

The Market Place

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

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

A HUGE tent is being put up in the Market Place as work to restore the building’s historic Victorian vaults gets under way.

Restaurants, bars and retail units will occupy the vaults and a nine-screen cinema will also be built in the shopping centre.

The tent will cover a large area of the ground floor — which will be cut out to expose vaults beneath.

Contractors are piecing together the tent structure in the main mall to cover the cut in the floor.

Escalators will eventually be installed to take shoppers to the 25,000 sq ft basement level where a range of leisure outlets will be installed under the bricked archways of the former market.

The 1,200-seat cinema — which will be positioned on the upper floors of the centre — will be operated by cinema firm The Light.

The nine screens will range in size from 80 seats to 270.

Market Place manager Nikki Wilson-Cook said: “What has been so important to us the whole way through this eight-month process is that the community we serve can visualise the changes we have planned to make here at Market Place.

"So the tent structure really signals a milestone for us and is one of many more to come.

“There is such huge potential in Bolton for a family friendly night-time economy and we have been thrilled with the support we have received.

“We know that with the introduction of the vaults and the cinema, Bolton will be put back on the map as a place for people to enjoy their leisure time and a real destination in the North West.”

Bolton Council leader Cllr Cliff Morris said he was really looking forward to seeing the plans take shape.

He added: “Everything is starting on time and I am pleased to see that. I will be even more pleased to see them when they are finished.

“I think this gives an indication that things are happening in Bolton town centre and that can only be a good thing for the town and the people who live here.”

The Market Place develop-ment may be joined by a rival town-centre cinema complex after council planning chiefs approved plans in June put forward by Crompton Place shopping centre to build an 11-screen premises in the former TK MAXX store.

The plans would also see four new restaurants opened — at the expense of 10 retail units in the centre.

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12:51pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Beyond News Forum says...

The debacle is so funny... they cannot fill The Market Hall with stores, they still have not finalized plans for the cinema and they are going to renovate the vaults.

Yeah good luck with that... I still won't visit or shop there. The place was ruined years ago when they took the stalls out. The disaster was a nail in the coffin of Bolton town centre, and no matter how they want to gloss over the mistakes the council made the farce is there for all to see. And still it goes on... just put the Market Hall back to what it was as what is there now is just NOT working and NEVER will...
The debacle is so funny... they cannot fill The Market Hall with stores, they still have not finalized plans for the cinema and they are going to renovate the vaults. Yeah good luck with that... I still won't visit or shop there. The place was ruined years ago when they took the stalls out. The disaster was a nail in the coffin of Bolton town centre, and no matter how they want to gloss over the mistakes the council made the farce is there for all to see. And still it goes on... just put the Market Hall back to what it was as what is there now is just NOT working and NEVER will... Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 14

12:55pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

Cant believe people are still throwing money at the place.
Cant believe people are still throwing money at the place. Wolfie190
  • Score: 17

12:56pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Beyond News Forum says...

To quote:

“We know that with the introduction of the vaults and the cinema, Bolton will be put back on the map as a place for people to enjoy their leisure time and a real destination in the North West.”

Unquote.

Does he really believe that? The guy is off his rocker... period!

Middlebrook is the destination of 80% of this town and will continue to attract and grow as Bolton TC dies a slow horrible death.

What will help?

No-brainer,

Get rid of the parking Nazi's
Free parking - all day every day.
Get rid of the beggars.
Get rid of the Chuggers

Just a small list... a cinema and vaults opened are NOT an attraction to anyone from this town or out of town.
To quote: “We know that with the introduction of the vaults and the cinema, Bolton will be put back on the map as a place for people to enjoy their leisure time and a real destination in the North West.” Unquote. Does he really believe that? The guy is off his rocker... period! Middlebrook is the destination of 80% of this town and will continue to attract and grow as Bolton TC dies a slow horrible death. What will help? No-brainer, Get rid of the parking Nazi's Free parking - all day every day. Get rid of the beggars. Get rid of the Chuggers Just a small list... a cinema and vaults opened are NOT an attraction to anyone from this town or out of town. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 20

1:18pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Ben1958 says...

i think the cinema is a great idea as i have 2 young children that love going cinema but the 2 we have now are too far away. i think it will be good to have a cinema back in the town center. next can we have lazer quest back ?
i think the cinema is a great idea as i have 2 young children that love going cinema but the 2 we have now are too far away. i think it will be good to have a cinema back in the town center. next can we have lazer quest back ? Ben1958
  • Score: 22

1:28pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Hong Kong Fui says...

Who in their right mind would consider taking children into the centre of Bolton in the evening? Nikki Wilson-Cook is deluded and clearly demonstrates her lack of understanding of Bolton Town Centre and how broken it is due to decades of bad decision making.

The place is choked with dreadful pubs and bars which attract the worst in society, bringing with it all the anti social issues that you would expect.

... ‘family friendly night-time economy’ my arse!
Who in their right mind would consider taking children into the centre of Bolton in the evening? Nikki Wilson-Cook is deluded and clearly demonstrates her lack of understanding of Bolton Town Centre and how broken it is due to decades of bad decision making. The place is choked with dreadful pubs and bars which attract the worst in society, bringing with it all the anti social issues that you would expect. ... ‘family friendly night-time economy’ my arse! Hong Kong Fui
  • Score: 3

5:02pm Fri 15 Aug 14

catsden says...

Hong Kong Fui wrote:
Who in their right mind would consider taking children into the centre of Bolton in the evening? Nikki Wilson-Cook is deluded and clearly demonstrates her lack of understanding of Bolton Town Centre and how broken it is due to decades of bad decision making.

The place is choked with dreadful pubs and bars which attract the worst in society, bringing with it all the anti social issues that you would expect.

... ‘family friendly night-time economy’ my arse!
It is the other side of Town to the pubs and tacky bars so I don't see a problem, it is Bradshawgate that is the problem area.
[quote][p][bold]Hong Kong Fui[/bold] wrote: Who in their right mind would consider taking children into the centre of Bolton in the evening? Nikki Wilson-Cook is deluded and clearly demonstrates her lack of understanding of Bolton Town Centre and how broken it is due to decades of bad decision making. The place is choked with dreadful pubs and bars which attract the worst in society, bringing with it all the anti social issues that you would expect. ... ‘family friendly night-time economy’ my arse![/p][/quote]It is the other side of Town to the pubs and tacky bars so I don't see a problem, it is Bradshawgate that is the problem area. catsden
  • Score: 2

5:33pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Hong Kong Fui says...

catsden wrote:
Hong Kong Fui wrote:
Who in their right mind would consider taking children into the centre of Bolton in the evening? Nikki Wilson-Cook is deluded and clearly demonstrates her lack of understanding of Bolton Town Centre and how broken it is due to decades of bad decision making.

The place is choked with dreadful pubs and bars which attract the worst in society, bringing with it all the anti social issues that you would expect.

... ‘family friendly night-time economy’ my arse!
It is the other side of Town to the pubs and tacky bars so I don't see a problem, it is Bradshawgate that is the problem area.
It’s a 2minute walk, not the other side of Town!
[quote][p][bold]catsden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hong Kong Fui[/bold] wrote: Who in their right mind would consider taking children into the centre of Bolton in the evening? Nikki Wilson-Cook is deluded and clearly demonstrates her lack of understanding of Bolton Town Centre and how broken it is due to decades of bad decision making. The place is choked with dreadful pubs and bars which attract the worst in society, bringing with it all the anti social issues that you would expect. ... ‘family friendly night-time economy’ my arse![/p][/quote]It is the other side of Town to the pubs and tacky bars so I don't see a problem, it is Bradshawgate that is the problem area.[/p][/quote]It’s a 2minute walk, not the other side of Town! Hong Kong Fui
  • Score: 2

6:27pm Fri 15 Aug 14

mg whites says...

Hong Kong Fui wrote:
catsden wrote:
Hong Kong Fui wrote:
Who in their right mind would consider taking children into the centre of Bolton in the evening? Nikki Wilson-Cook is deluded and clearly demonstrates her lack of understanding of Bolton Town Centre and how broken it is due to decades of bad decision making.

The place is choked with dreadful pubs and bars which attract the worst in society, bringing with it all the anti social issues that you would expect.

... ‘family friendly night-time economy’ my arse!
It is the other side of Town to the pubs and tacky bars so I don't see a problem, it is Bradshawgate that is the problem area.
It’s a 2minute walk, not the other side of Town!
I have been going into Bolton town centre for 20yrs, maybe its not the best town centre, but to class everyone as worst in society and anti social is a bit unfair!
[quote][p][bold]Hong Kong Fui[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]catsden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hong Kong Fui[/bold] wrote: Who in their right mind would consider taking children into the centre of Bolton in the evening? Nikki Wilson-Cook is deluded and clearly demonstrates her lack of understanding of Bolton Town Centre and how broken it is due to decades of bad decision making. The place is choked with dreadful pubs and bars which attract the worst in society, bringing with it all the anti social issues that you would expect. ... ‘family friendly night-time economy’ my arse![/p][/quote]It is the other side of Town to the pubs and tacky bars so I don't see a problem, it is Bradshawgate that is the problem area.[/p][/quote]It’s a 2minute walk, not the other side of Town![/p][/quote]I have been going into Bolton town centre for 20yrs, maybe its not the best town centre, but to class everyone as worst in society and anti social is a bit unfair! mg whites
  • Score: 2

6:29pm Fri 15 Aug 14

pradagucci says...

A kids area like laser quest or crazy golf like the Trafford centre would work well, but I agree with most people. Bolton TC is finished.
A kids area like laser quest or crazy golf like the Trafford centre would work well, but I agree with most people. Bolton TC is finished. pradagucci
  • Score: 4

8:33pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Lesmathes17 says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
To quote:

“We know that with the introduction of the vaults and the cinema, Bolton will be put back on the map as a place for people to enjoy their leisure time and a real destination in the North West.”

Unquote.

Does he really believe that? The guy is off his rocker... period!

Middlebrook is the destination of 80% of this town and will continue to attract and grow as Bolton TC dies a slow horrible death.

What will help?

No-brainer,

Get rid of the parking Nazi's
Free parking - all day every day.
Get rid of the beggars.
Get rid of the Chuggers

Just a small list... a cinema and vaults opened are NOT an attraction to anyone from this town or out of town.
It's not a guy. Nikki used to be the Debenhams Store Manager. She knows nothing about the history of the Market Hall and is deluded. She doesn't even live in the area. It's a joke
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: To quote: “We know that with the introduction of the vaults and the cinema, Bolton will be put back on the map as a place for people to enjoy their leisure time and a real destination in the North West.” Unquote. Does he really believe that? The guy is off his rocker... period! Middlebrook is the destination of 80% of this town and will continue to attract and grow as Bolton TC dies a slow horrible death. What will help? No-brainer, Get rid of the parking Nazi's Free parking - all day every day. Get rid of the beggars. Get rid of the Chuggers Just a small list... a cinema and vaults opened are NOT an attraction to anyone from this town or out of town.[/p][/quote]It's not a guy. Nikki used to be the Debenhams Store Manager. She knows nothing about the history of the Market Hall and is deluded. She doesn't even live in the area. It's a joke Lesmathes17
  • Score: 8

11:01pm Fri 15 Aug 14

nigella farrage says...

Again, I refer to BN's sister paper the Blackburn Citizen to see what our neighbours are actually doing (and not just talking) to help motivate Blackburn back from the duldrums - blimey, even their gateway bridge is a two-way bridge unlike our which is on a one-way street out of town!!!!

http://www.blackburn
citizen.co.uk/news/1
1392360.REVEALED__Bl
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Again, I refer to BN's sister paper the Blackburn Citizen to see what our neighbours are actually doing (and not just talking) to help motivate Blackburn back from the duldrums - blimey, even their gateway bridge is a two-way bridge unlike our which is on a one-way street out of town!!!! http://www.blackburn citizen.co.uk/news/1 1392360.REVEALED__Bl ackburn_s_new_Cathed ral_Quarter_developm ent/ nigella farrage
  • Score: -4

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