Chorley chooses growth

Published:  31 October, 2016

Lancashire town centre to get £17m upgrade

Chorley Council it is to invest £17m in the town’s centre to improve the existing retail and leisure provision. The Market Walk shopping centre will get a seven-unit extension totalling 73,000sq ft with the aim of bringing a new cinema, high street retailers and restaurants to the town.

Manchester-based practice AEW Architects & Designers has designed the scheme, which Preston-based contractor Eric Wright Group will commence work on in the New Year. The £17m investment will include £12.6m for the Market Walk extension and associated works and a further £4m being put towards improving the public realm.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, which owns the shopping centre, said: “We’re anticipating starting work on site in the New Year with roughly 80 per cent of the floor space close to being signed up on pre-lets – once we announce the tenants in the next few weeks we expect the remaining units will be filled very quickly.”

Lambert Smith Hampton and Mason & Partners have been appointed as joint agents.

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