Chorley Market Walk

New retail and cinema to enhance Chorley’s retail quarter and regenerate the town centre
CLIENT
Chorley Council
SIZE
7,323 sqm
COMPLETION
November 2019
VALUE
£9.9m
ARCHITECT
AEW
SUSTAINABILITY
BREEAM Very Good

Overview

Eric Wright Group is a development partner to Lancashire County Council under the Lancashire Regeneration Property Partnership (LRPP) for the west and south Lancashire areas as part of a 10 year framework.

We are working with Chorley Council under the LRPP to design and construct a new 7000 sqm retail project in the centre of Chorley’s busy market quarter.

The scheme is designed to accommodate a diverse range of tenants including leading high street retailers, food outlets and a six screen cinema. An objective for the Chorley Market Walk development is to create a landmark building which will act as a modern gateway into the retail town’s retail offer.

The scheme will also create hundreds of local jobs with leading retail tenants and the cinema operator.

Throughout construction, we will be working closely with Chorley Council and other organisations to ensure that the project maximises work and training opportunities on site for local people.

Key Challenges

The site is currently occupied by a very busy town centre car park and has many other historical uses.  This will necessitate extensive remediation and the diversion of a large number of main utility services, along with an existing substation.

The town centre location will restrict vehicle access, requiring careful programming and logistics planning to ensure minimum disruption and safe access.  The construction programme will be carefully phased to minimise disruption, maximise retained public parking and work around seasonal trading periods

Extensive highway modifications to the surrounding access roads to form new site entrances and pedestrian zones will also form part of the project.

Added Value

We will employ our in-house suite of challenging KPIs, with a focus on providing local employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities for residents of the Chorley borough.

Working with the LRPP framework has enabled a truly iterative design process, which is running alongside open book budget development. This high level of transparency and coordination will facilitate an early start on site.

We will be able to incorporate tenant fit out requirements into the main contract programme and reduce the overall construction programme, facilitating earlier commencement of trading.

Client Feedback

“This is a really exciting time for Chorley because the proposals would see some of the biggest changes in a generation and set up our town centre to thrive over the coming years. It has taken a huge amount of work to get to this stage but we are delivering what residents and visitors have told us they want to see so we can attract even more visitors into Chorley.”
Councillor Alistair Bradley
Leader of Chorley Council

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