12 February, 2008 – DTZ appointed to strategic masterplan for Wigan South Central
DTZ is heading up a team, including Edaw and Faber Maunsell, appointed to prepare a strategic masterplan for Wigan South Central.It will result in a long term regeneration plan which will cover the area from the West Coast Mainline to the south of the town centre, out to Junction 26 of the M6.
The masterplan comes at an exciting time for the Borough of Wigan. There is a new air of confidence in the town with the completion of the first phase of new residential development at Trencherfield Mill in the historic pier quarter, the opening of Modus’s £120m Grand Arcade, which has revitalised the retail offer in the town centre, and emerging proposals for Chinamex’s 2 million square foot ‘Textiles City’ at Westwood Park.
The South Central masterplan will seek to build upon this new confidence and contribute to the repositioning and diversification of the economic base of the town.
It will explore the development potential of key locations, including the Pier Quarter, Pemberton Colliery and the Eastern Gateway and determine the actions and investment required to bring them forward.
Caroline Baker, director at DTZ comments: "Crucially, the masterplan will seek to strengthen physical and socio-economic linkages between key employment locations and local communities, within and outside of Wigan Central.
"This will be done through the development of a high quality design framework and by recommending improvements to local and strategic transport connections.
"The masterplan will build upon and take forward the COuncil’s commitment to pioneering environmental best practice.
"Grand Arcade is the UK’s first carbon neutral in town shopping centre and the masterplan will seek to establish Wigan South Central as a standard bearer for environmental best practice in the North West.
"The final masterplan will provide a visionary, but deliverable framework for the development of Wigan South Central.
"It will act as a platform for future private sector investment, a lobbying tool to galvanise public sector investment and a framework for public-private partnership."
Source: Wigan Council press release