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Town Centre Redevelopment

The town centre is a focus of major regeneration activity as it is an important economic driver for the Borough. The Council has concentrated its actions on encouraging new investment in retail, commercial and leisure development. These will broaden the range of services available in the town centre for the benefit of the Borough’s residents and in turn increase employment opportunities. The town centre is also the location for increasing further and higher education provision and the recent establishment of the Oldham University Centre is a major step forward in regenerating the Borough.

Old Town Hall Redevelopment/Family Leisure Complex

Old Town Hall Redevelopment

The Old Town Hall and former Clegg Street bus station site is going to be transformed into a family leisure complex, which will include a cinema, shops and restaurants.

The Council appointed Wilson Bowden Developments as the preferred developer for the site in October 2005.

Wilson Bowden plans to restore the Old Town Hall to accommodate a number of shops at the front and restaurants/bars at the rear along with luxury apartments on the upper floor. As far as possible, original features of the Egyptian Rooms, grand staircases and the Old Court Room will be retained.

A glass-fronted entertainment complex will be built on the former bus station site to house a multi-screen cinema and stores.

Wilson Bowden also plans to create a public square in front of both buildings on Yorkshire Street to cater for big events as well as one behind the new entertainment complex on Firth Street to provide outdoor seating for the restaurants/bars.

A glass-roofed arcade will link the two squares.

You can use the links below to view an artist’s impression of the scheme in the form of a virtual video tour and a series of images.

Wilson Bowden will solely-fund the £20 million scheme.

It is anticipated that the Family Leisure Complex will create around 700 jobs.

Wilson Bowden expects to submit an outline planning application in Autumn 2006 and then a full detailed application in Spring 2007. Following approval, they intend to start work on the site in Summer 2007 and for the scheme to open in Spring 2009.

Public Consultation

The Family Leisure Complex scheme has so far received support from bodies including the Town Centre Partnership, the Oldham Civic Society and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

Wilson Bowden held a public exhibition of their plans from the 20th to the 22nd July 2006 in the Spindles Shopping Centre. You can use the links below to view their exhibition leaflet and questionnaire.

If you would like to complete the questionnaire, Wilson Bowden would welcome your comments. Your completed questionnaire can be sent freepost (no stamp required) to the following address:

Wilson Bowden Developments
Forest Business Park
Cartwright Way
Bardon Hill
LE67 1UB

Wilson Bowden would like to receive all completed questionnaires by the 11th August 2006.