20-storey town centre tower gets green light
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