TV architect to speak on masterplan 

George Clarke
TV star George Clarke

Bolton Council’s £1bn masterplan to transform the town centre will be discussed at MIPIM 2018 at an event hosted by TV star and top architect George Clarke.

George, the host of Channel 4 programmes and founder of award-winning architects practice George Clarke and Partners, will moderate a panel of experts at the Manchester Pavilion on Wednesday, March 14.

The panel also includes former England cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff and director of Logik developments.

The event - ‘Bolton: Premiership Development – A Level Playing Field’ - focuses on the council’s plans to regenerate five strategic sites around the town centre including the creation of 1,800 homes as a core element.

Stephen Young, Director of Place, will be attending MIPIM as part of the Manchester at MIPIM partnership.

He will be taking questions from George along with Andrew Flintoff; Adam Cunnington (managing director at Public Sector plc); Caroline Simpson (corporate director for place, Stockport Council); Tom Stannard (director of economy and skills, Oldham Council), and Mike Horner, regional director, Muse Developments.

At the heart of the debate will be the five core schemes in the Bolton town centre Masterplan:

• Trinity Quarter – a mixed Grade A office and residential development with a new hotel, office block and multi-storey car park. A new pedestrian route through Trinity Quarter, anchored by open space via four interlinked squares;
• Cheadle Square – housing and apartments on the former bus station site including student housing on Queen Street, a mixed-used development to complement cultural venues such as the Octagon, Library and Museum, and a pedestrian route between the Town Hall and Le Mans Crescent with Queens Park;
• Crompton Place – transforming the empty BHS store with an upper floor food court overlooking Victoria Square, possibly expanding the Primark site and a new pedestrian access between Bradshawgate and Hotel Street;
• Church Wharf – a new town centre ‘quarter’ with apartments and town houses, and pedestrian route along the River Croal;
• Croal Valley/Central Street - houses and flats overlooking an improved river frontage with ‘pocket parks’ along the river.

Bolton Council is committed to providing £100m of development funding and the total value of the masterplan will rise to £1bn as private sector partners are secured.

Redevelopment of the five locations sites will unlock the true potential of the town core, creating the 1,800 mixed-use homes, about 7,400 jobs and economic activity worth an additional £412m to the Bolton economy up to and beyond 2030.

George Clarke said: “My time as an architect has included much time spent in the north west of England, and the transformational potential of Bolton Council’s Masterplan represents a key element of the wider regeneration of Greater Manchester at the centre of the Northern Powerhouse.”

Bolton Council’s Director of Place, Stephen Young, added: “With the guidance of George, we look forward to sharing with an international audience our ambitious plans to revitalise Bolton town centre, and also to hearing of the plans and progress being made in Stockport and Oldham.”

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