Church Wharf demolition works enters final stage

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Demolition at Church Wharf has entered its final stage, as work continues to prepare the town centre site for future redevelopment.

During the COVID-19 lockdown Bolton Council acquired a number of properties backing on to Bank Street and Manor Street, including the former Wharf Foundry.

The process of clearing the site is almost complete, alongside preparation works on the land ahead of planned regeneration.

The demolition work is being carried out by Forshaw Demolition.

It marks a major milestone for Church Wharf, which occupies a desirable riverside location and acts as a key gateway to the north-east of the town centre.

Church Wharf is one of six intervention areas set out in the council’s masterplan for the town centre.

To support delivery of the masterplan, the council set aside £100,000 to purchase empty or underused properties on brownfield land and clear the sites to attract private-sector investment.

Bolton Council Leader, Cllr Martyn Cox, visited the site to view the progress and had a bird’s-eye view of the area from the top of the Parish Church.

Cllr Cox said: “It is clear how much has been achieved at this site over recent months and it was great to see the Church Wharf regeneration area beginning to take shape.

“Without the intervention of the council many buildings in this part of town would have remained derelict and unused, now we are laying the groundwork for an exciting new neighbourhood.

“Church Wharf is just one of the areas where we are working to regenerate the town centre, revitalising brownfield land and adapting to changing consumer habits.

“Right across the town centre we are working to create a mix of residential, retail, hospitality and leisure developments to make Bolton a more vibrant place to live, work and visit.”

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