Every year, the international MIPIM conference brings together movers and shakers from across the property scene and this year we took the opportunity to announce the developer of Church Wharf – a major part of our billion-pound transformation plan for Bolton town centre
Our Director of Place, Stephen Young, joined a panel of property experts at the event in Cannes to announce that Muse Developments had been chosen to lead the regeneration project. Mike Horner from Muse took a place on the panel – which was hosted by Channel 4’s George Clarke – alongside renowned cricketer and property developer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.
The event at the Manchester Pavilion in Cannes was called ‘Bolton: Premiership Development – A Level Playing Field’ and focused on our plan to regenerate five key sites around the town centre.
We have huge ambitions for the regeneration of Church Wharf – we’re planning on turning it into a distinctive town centre ‘quarter’, comprising hundreds of new apartments and townhouses, all woven together with new public spaces and a pedestrian route running alongside the River Croal.
Muse Developments is a perfect fit for our vision, as they specialise in working with landowners and the public sector to introduce sustainable developments and urban renewal. Together, our goal is to redevelop the town centre up to 2030 and beyond, creating 1,800 new homes, 7,400 new jobs and economic activity across that will generate an additional £412 million for the Bolton economy.
Cllr Ebrahim Adia, leader of the Council, said: “We are really pleased that Muse will lead on the regeneration of Church Wharf. They have a great track record of creating spaces that are both commercially successful and popular with the public. Our town centre vision is bold and exciting, but we know it cannot be delivered by the Council in isolation.
“To achieve regeneration on this scale, we require the help of our private sector partners, and the team at Muse has an excellent track record of delivering high quality creative schemes. Church Wharf is a key gateway into Bolton town centre and we want to see regeneration taking place there as soon as possible.”
Phil Mayall, Director at Muse, added: “We are excited to work on a scheme that has so much potential. Bolton is a forward-thinking council that wants to bring real change to the town.
“We have been tracking the project for a long time, so it will be great to begin to get the wheels in motion. However, we are at the start of a long journey – at this stage, all options will be analysed and considered and we will be working closely with the council to get the plans right for the town. Local residents, businesses and stakeholders will also be consulted as proposals emerge.”
At the Council, we’re in the process of reviewing the feedback on a draft of a Supplementary Planning Document for the Church Wharf area, which will be used to guide the redevelopment. We’re expecting to start some initial preparation in the next few months – watch this space.