20-storey town cen­tre tower gets green light

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

A NEW 20-storey tower, mul­ti­storey car park and lux­ury ho­tel in a town cen­tre has been given the go-ahead.

Two blocks of 144 apart­ments, 30,000 sq ft of of­fice space and a 505-space multi-storey car park are set to be built at the Trin­ity Gate­way site in Bolton and should be com­pleted by Jan­uary 2022.

The ma­jor de­vel­op­ment be­tween Trin­ity Street and Brad­shaw­gate worth £55m also fea­tures a pub­lic open space ap­prox­i­mately half the size of Vic­to­ria Square. Town hall plan­ner Martin Mansell de­scribed the de­vel­op­ment as a unique op­por­tu­nity to ‘re­verse the de­cline’ of the area by cre­at­ing a new neigh­bour­hood.

He said: “We do feel that this area has been ne­glected for some pe­riod of time but it does have the po­ten­tial to de­liver for Bolton town cen­tre due to its prom­i­nent lo­ca­tion and im­me­di­ate vicin­ity to Bolton trans­port in­ter­change.”

Alec Col­beck, di­rec­tor of Beech­lane In­vest­ments, the com­pany be­hind the ‘build-torent’ project, re­vealed why all of the apart­ments will be rented rather than sold.

He said: “The rental mar­ket in Bolton is quite ac­tive and we’re try­ing to fill a re­quire­ment for high-qual­ity liv­ing for peo­ple com­ing into the mar­ket place so it’s not de­signed to be for sale so it’s purely a build-to-rent scheme be­cause there are no fa­cil­i­ties avail­able within the town cen­tre of Bolton.”

Mr Mansell as­sured coun­cil­lors that the 20-storey build­ing would not ‘dis­tract’ from Bolton town hall which will re­main the tallest build­ing in the town cen­tre.

Plan­ning com­mit­tee chair John Walsh praised the ar­chi­tects for choos­ing ma­te­ri­als which repli­cate the ‘genre’ of ex­ist­ing town cen­tre.

But Coun Ann Cun­liffe crit­i­cised the de­sign, ar­gu­ing that the tower would ‘stick out like a sore thumb’.

How the tower could look

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