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Introduction to Area

The intervention area takes in a number of central sites, including the town’s former bus station, that are adjacent to architectural gems at Le Mans Crescent, including the Town Hall, Albert Halls, Civic Centre and Bolton Museum.

The Cultural Quarter itself is subject to significant investment such as the £10m refurbishment of the award-winning Octagon Theatre and the creation of an internationally significant Egyptology gallery at the museum. Cheadle Square will combine high-end residential and commercial developments and student accommodation to serve the nearby University of Bolton, with improvements to the area’s connectivity and public realm.

Development Principles

Develop a high quality business address

Develop a high quality business address for professional services offices while bringing the rear façade of Le Mans Crescent into the new urban environment.

Bring forward high end residential blocks

Bring forward high end residential blocks around a new square to create a development that’s sympathetic to the Cultural Quarter’s historical and architectural significance.

Use the large former bus station site

Use the large former bus station site to reinforce the image of the town’s historic fabric.

Site Vision

Split into a number of phases, Cheadle Square will see the creation of a mix of developments, including student and residential accommodation, retail and leisure spaces, as well as office and business facilities to capitalise on the surrounding growth and provide an incubator for start-ups and micro-businesses.

Working with us

‘City living in Manchester has worked because it’s created communities within the centre and that spawns a night-time economy around it. We want to make that market in Bolton stronger. These aren’t going to be gated communities. They will be accessible and animated so that people can walk straight through the various parts of the town centre.’

Stephen Young, Director of Place,
Bolton Council