The future look of Wigan town centre has been revealed as part of a major regeneration project which will begin in the coming months.
The project, delivered by Wigan Council, will see significant improvements to Market Place including; the replacement of existing benches, additional seating, recycling bins, installation of planters, trees and flowers, cycle parking facilities and lowering of the walled area.
Construction company, North Midland Construction PLC, has been chosen by the town hall to deliver the plans, which will begin in early 2019.
The improvements will be in-keeping with the style of Wallgate and have been developed to compliment major town centre events including the Wigan 10k, Wigan Pride and the continental markets.
The new Market Place will provide an attractive meeting point, good seating area and aims to reduce reports of anti-social behaviour. It will also create a more usable and flexible space for performances and events including markets, fairs, music concerts and more.
Works are due to begin in January 2019 for approximately 10 weeks, meaning works will be done during the quiet town centre event period.
The market place work will be delivered in phases and the scheme has been designed to avoid major town centre events.
Councillor Molyneux leader of the council continued: “While there will be short-term disruption during the works, there will be long-term benefits for everyone, including an improved shopping environment, less anti-social behaviour and opportunities to enjoy a more pleasant space within the town centre. “We look forward to the works taking shape and are confident the public will welcome these plans.”
For more information, please visit www.wigan.gov.uk.