This project was delivered for PSP Bolton LLP, a joint venture between the Winston Group and Bolton Council.

Gateway to a key transport development

The offices have been built in a prime location as part of Transport for Greater Manchester’s new £48m Bolton Interchange masterplan.

JM Architects’ design takes a five storey brick-built form, which establishes a visual bookend to the streetscape whilst also acting as a focal point to the interchange, which incorporates a combined rail and bus station. Together, the projects will play a key role in the regeneration of Bolton.

Great Moor Street overhead image by jmarchitects

The building has large floor-to-ceiling windows with brick side panels, which provide architectural links to the area’s industrial heritage. Floor to floor heights are 3.9m, which will provide the deep-plan offices with even distribution of light and a sense of wellbeing.

A roof terrace creates a pleasant environment on the flat roofs on the second and third floors, offering excellent views across the town.

The concrete floor beams are exposed, allowing maximum internal flexibility and space planning.

Commercial space on the ground floor allows retail use in the future, which will bring more footfall to the centre and improve the streetscape.

A flagship tenant for a flagship building

The University of Bolton will be moving into the building, which will be known as Bolton Central, and will be used as the centre for its new Institute of Management.

Two and a half thousand students and over 60 staff will use the building. Staff from the University begin to occupy the building in May 2017, with the final classroom layout ready for the new academic year in September.

We are delighted that the University is taking on Bolton Central, which demonstrates the confidence of the market in the town centre. ‘Bolton Central is a key part of the redevelopment of this side of town and is in a prime location, next to the modern new interchange and the refurbishment of Newport Street – an important gateway into the town centre.

– Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris

This will allow the University to be based in the town centre and helps to unite "town and gown". The staff and students working and studying at Bolton Central will provide a boost to the town centre economy, making it a more vibrant place to come.

 

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