New hotel and future of Bolton's Debenhams store announced as part of multi-million pound town center deal

New hotel and future of Bolton’s Debenhams store announced as part of multi-million pound town center deal

An ambitious multi-million pound bid to open a hotel and transform Bolton Market Place Center – including the reopening of the former Debenham unit – has been submitted to the government.

Bolton Council has submitted two bids totaling £40m to the Leveling Fund – ahead of the August 2 deadline – and they come on top of the already successful £20m bid to build the new Bolton College of Medical Science.

The government fund is designed to support cities across the country.

The first bid would see an investment of £20million for three new development projects in Bolton town centre.

If successful, the bid would create a modern hotel and conference complex, provide a reimagined Market Place shopping mall, and open up a historic heritage district.

Prepared by Bolton Council, with the backing of Bolton North East MP Mark Logan, the bid is part of the wider £1billion master plan for the regeneration of the town centre.

Under the first scheme, the underused south side of Le Mans Crescent would be converted into an upscale hotel operated by IHG, an internationally renowned brand, which runs hotels in places like Dubai and Los Angeles.

This would be complemented by the addition of conference facilities at the nearby Albert Halls, which would bring more visitors to the town centre, and improve public access to the listed building.

Another project would see a new development for Market Place including a public space with the addition of a courtyard under the building’s skylight.

The building would be open so that pedestrians could walk directly between the existing main entrance and a new entrance on St George’s Road.

Work would also focus on the former Debenhams unit to create a new community, leisure, music and sports facilities.

Offer in Bolton Market Square

The third development would open up the historic area around Mawdsley Street while improving connections between Nelson Square and the rest of the city centre.

Open space would be created by demolishing the unused NHS building in Victoria Square with future potential for a small public green space.

Bolton Council Leader Cllr Martyn Cox said: ‘As shopping habits change, we want to move the town center from its focus on retail to more leisure spaces, d home and employment.

“This offer would allow us to maximize the grant money available by completing three separate projects while protecting and enhancing some of Bolton’s best heritage assets.

“In the meantime, other regeneration programs are progressing well, including library and market improvement works through the Cities Fund.”

The Bolton News: transformation of Square VictoriaTransformation of Square Victoria

MP Mark Logan said: “This deal preserves the best of what Bolton already has to offer while diversifying our high street – reimagining a new town center suited to 21st century shopping and lifestyle habits.

“Boltonians will reap the rewards for many generations to come.

“I will continue to bang the drum in Westminster to get as much funding as possible to plan Bolton’s new reality.”

Tim Vaughan, CEO of Moorgarth Group Limited, which operates the Market Place, said: “This submission is a testament to how the public and private sectors can come together to design an integrated and innovative proposition.

“Focusing on performing arts and music in the city center to complement and support existing offerings is a big step forward in reinvigorating the city center and its position as a destination for the wider region. .

“The cultural and community benefits of this proposal should restore real pride in the downtown core.

£20million would be used to tackle congestion on our roads, with the second bid securing funding for much-needed improvements to traffic capacity at Beehive Roundabout, Spirit of Sport Roundabout, A6 Roundabout De Havilland Way and at junction 6 of the M61. .

The council worked with Bolton West MP Chris Green to put forward the proposal which would improve connectivity in this key part of the borough.

MP Yasmin Qureshi, another supporter of the Leveling Up Fund bid, said: ‘I have been delighted to prioritize support for this inner city bid, of which millions of pounds of redevelopment will cover my constituency. .

“It will provide a lifeline to our main street and support our city’s vision for 2030.

“Our Council must support economic growth and ensure Bolton is the best place to grow, work and learn, and this marks a positive step towards that.”

The region suffers from significant travel delays at peak times and the proposals aim to solve this problem and prevent further congestion in the future.

Separate routes for pedestrians and cyclists would also be improved in line with national guidelines, providing a safer network for all road users.


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