The redevelopment of Wigan Town Centre and The Galleries Shopping Centre

Wigan Council plans for a complete regeneration of The Galleries Shopping Centre in the heart of the town are underway. The £135 million redevelopment project aims to provide a vibrant new retail, leisure and residential scheme, transforming Wigan’s town centre into a vibrant, attractive and accessible place to live, work, visit and learn.

Wigan, like many other UK town centres, has struggled in recent years due to an oversupply of retail space and therefore, to put the town centre on a more sustainable footing, Wigan Council hopes to diversify its uses. The redevelopment will bring in residential, leisure, food and drink, commercial, office, and business incubation space into the town centre.

The redevelopment of The Galleries is one of the first steps in Wigan’s overall development. The Galleries Shopping Centre will hope to increase footfall to support existing retailers but will also create a welcoming and rejuvenated town centre for residents and visitors.

The redevelopment of the existing 440,000ft² shopping centre will create a new mixed-use complex with an associated new vibrant market. It will be home to a multi-media centre that will include a six-screen cinema, a ten-lane bowling alley, music and e-sports venue, indoor mini-golf, as well as food and beverage outlets.

The project will reduce the amount of current retail space and add a diverse range of areas for hospitality, leisure and entertainment purposes. A new hotel and 464 residential units will be created, along with an evening entertainment space and a landscaped public square that will host outdoor events.

As a traditional market town, Wigan Council’s vision for the town centre celebrates its heritage by putting the market at the heart of its ambitious plans. A new market will be developed and located at Marketgate.

The market itself will be a more modern and diversified offer including a food hall, cafe, co-working and workshop space, winter gardens and the opportunity to have an outdoor offer within the new Woodcock Square and in front of the new market hall.

To meet Greater Manchester’s Net Zero targets, the new development has been designed to be more environmentally sustainable than Wigan’s existing town centre, with ground source heat pumps and photovoltaic units hoping to save 1,530 tonnes of carbon a year. There will also be electric vehicle charging points, improved pedestrian walkways and cycle storage units to encourage sustainable travel across the town. With this, Wigan helps to contribute toward Greater Manchester’s ambition of achieving carbon neutrality by 2038.

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