Rebuild of £50m Farnworth compound approved

Bolton Council has backed detailed plans to redesign the precinct, creating a vibrant neighborhood with nearly 100 new homes and shops built around a new public square and flexible indoor community space.

This paves the way for work to start on the site later this summer, with the palisades due to be installed in the coming weeks.

Manchester demolition contractor ADM Regeneration is said to have the enabling work package.

A new linear park linking Farnworth Central Park is also planned

The project, led by the Manchester-based Social Impact Developers, is supported by the government’s Future High Street Fund.

The aim of the Farnworth reboot is to usher in a new era of living in Bolton town centre, bringing a mix of homes with amenities right next door.

Map of Farnworth town center

  • 85 designer apartments with one or two bedrooms
  • 12 family homes (two and three bedrooms)
  • Over 20,000 square feet of space for bars, cafes and independent shops
  • A community hub on the ground floor of one of the proposed buildings
  • A new public square, embellished with green spaces and meeting places
  • An events pavilion, designed to support outdoor community events, from live art and music to designer markets

Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “This is not just a game-changer for Farnworth, but a model for the cities of Greater Manchester to adopt.

“It was a challenge given to us by Bolton. We knew that whatever we did at Farnworth, we had to redefine the future for generations and think long and hard about design.

Located on King Street, the site is a short walk from the train station and a stone’s throw from the refurbished bus station

Higgins added: “The approved plans contain elements of our Manchester Kampus, Ducie St Warehouse and Crusader Mill projects – all with the same incredible architecture and fittings.

“It’s not easy to achieve, when the average house price in Farnworth is around £144,000, but we took a long-term view of value creation and that unlocked the whole project. .

“Our vision is bold, creative and ambitious, but we have been inspired by the support of the Council, the Towns Fund and GMCA’s Brownfields Innovative Fund to help us make it happen. »