Cityheart, Wigan Council‘s strategic development partner, has authorised the commencement of enabling works on the £135 million Galleries shopping complex redevelopment proposal in the town centre. The present 440,000-square-foot commercial centre will be dismantled to make way for 464 houses spread across several blocks, a hotel, and a new market building. BCEGI, the appointed contractor, has begun work on site, beginning with the dismantling of the car park bridge. The work is expected to take 18 months in total, but after portions of the property have been removed, new development phases will begin.
The New Market Hall, the first of four phases, is scheduled to open in 2024. A year ago, planning permission was given for the redevelopment of the Galleries shopping centre.
“We are totally dedicated to delivering this significant initiative and continue to work alongside Wigan Council and the local community to realise our goal,” said Warren Taylor, director of Cityheart. It’s fantastic to see the first step of the transition taking place, and with the new hoardings in place, it really feels like tangible progress is being made.”