THE Oldham Council has unveiled its plans for the Spindles Shopping Centre.

The dramatic redesign of Spindles includes a brand new Tommyfield Market,events venue, office space and arts and heritage archive.

The new Tommyfield Market will stretch from Town Square, through the former TJ Hughes Unit and into Parliament Square. The separate larger split-level events venue will be located above the new market hall and will be used for private and public functions and feature roof-top views of the borough. The new venue, which could host live gigs, weddings, festivals and conferences, will sit on the floors above Town Square and be accessible from both street and mall level.

A new ‘open to the public’ archive to showcase artefacts from the Oldham Council’s arts and heritage services is also planned and will be built within one of the multi-storey car park levels.

The downstairs of the Spindles Shopping Centre is set to become the main retail hub, including a food court, and will flow into Town Square and towards the new Tommyfield Market. The space on the upper floor will then be repurposed to create a flexible contemporary workspace for new entrepreneurs and growing sectors like creative design and media. The project, along with the relocation of Tommyfield Market, is being supported by the Government’s Towns Fund.

The new co-working space will sit beside new offices for Oldham Council staff which could extend to the floor above - at present this third floor is predominantly unused and largely hidden from public view. The move would allow the Civic Centre to be repurposed with the potential to become new town centre homes.

Cllr Arooj Shah, Oldham Council leader and cabinet member for economic and social reform, said: “We are delighted to launch these initial plans which give a flavour of what Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre could look like and offer in the future.

“The way we shop has changed over the years and the pandemic has sadly accelerated the changing face of the high street across the UK – making the need for investment more important than ever.

“But the redevelopment is not just about shiny new buildings. It underpins our Creating a Better Place regeneration strategy by enabling the wider regeneration of Oldham and supporting the borough’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Oldham Council is leading by example – investing in our town for our residents and businesses.

“It will help to get a wider footfall back in the town centre while releasing sites like the Civic Centre and existing market hall for redevelopment - in turn protecting our greenbelt by putting brownfield first. And in doing that we can create over 2,000 new homes, 1,000 jobs and 100 apprenticeships when they are much-needed.”

The council will imminently be asking for resident’s feedback on projects within its Creating a Better Place strategy, including Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre’s redevelopment and other projects within its Towns Fund bid.

Plans will be discussed by Oldham Council’s cabinet on Monday July 26 when councillors will consider progressing the next phase of the centre’s redevelopment ahead of a more detailed planning application later this year.

 


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