Oldham outlines town centre revamp

Council plans to redevelop five sites

Oldham council has unveiled plans to revamp part of the town.

Manchester architect Leach Rhodes Walker has designed a new masterplan for the site covering five sites – Tommyfield Market, the Civic Centre, Oldham Police Station, the former Oldham Sports Centre and Oldham Magistrates Court and the current Oldham Coliseum Theatre – owned by the council.

The proposals, include a new market on the existing Tommyfield Market site and a 600-capacity car park, a new civic hub to host a multi-agency public sector centre and commercial office space, as well as potentially a new hotel and homes.

The council is hunting for a joint venture partner on the scheme and will launch a competition this autumn to find a preferred partner, with a winner chosen next summer.

The development is expected to start in spring 2019 and take between 10 and 15 years to complete.

Council leader Jean Stretton said: “This is one of the biggest and most ambitious town centre schemes in Greater Manchester. It is about agreeing the type of place we want Oldham to be and having a clear plan to achieve it. The plan will be shaped and refined further as residents, partners, business and traders have their say in extensive consultation over the coming year.”

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