Chorley Market Walk, Chorley

New retail and cinema to enhance Chorley’s retail quarter and regenerate the town centre
Chorley Council
7,323 sq m
November 2019
BREEAM Very Good


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.

Eric Wright Construction worked with Chorley Council under the LRPP to design and construct a new 7,000 sq m retail project in the centre of Chorley’s busy market quarter.

The eight-unit development was 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 was to create a landmark building which will act as a modern gateway into the town’s retail offer.

The scheme created hundreds of local jobs with leading retail tenants and the cinema operator.

Throughout construction, EWC worked closely with Chorley Council and other organisations to ensure that the project maximised work and training opportunities on site for local people.

EWC worked closely with the Council to prepare the town centre for the changes with a new decked car park, the demolition of buildings to create a new single level car park and major public realm improvements to match the new developments with the rest of the town centre.

     120 Apprentice weeks created                230.5 Work opportunity weeks created         4 Career workshops completed

     126 Community hours contributed         40/50 Considerate Constructors score         100% Waste recycled

Key Challenges

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

Extensive highway modifications to the surrounding access roads were put into place in order to form new site entrances and pedestrian zones.

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

Added Value

EWC employed 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 enabled a truly iterative design process, which was running alongside of open book budget development.


The high level of transparency and coordination facilitated an early start on site.  We were 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

“We are really excited now we are ready to start the main construction and this development will be a key factor in giving our town centre a long term future.”
Councillor Alistair Bradley
Leader of Chorley Council

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