North Courtyard Market Place

Repurposing Debenhams

It has been a busy autumn in the Wren Studio with planning applications being submitted for several projects. One project close to our retrofit heart is an application submitted on behalf of our great clients Moorgarth Retail for the repurposing of the former Debenhams store at Market Place Bolton. The proposal breaks the 110,000 sq ft unit into several different complimentary uses including 'right-sized' retail on the ground floor but most excitingly, a Music Venue for up to 600 people at basement level and a Music School at first floor to serve as a new home for Bolton Music Service, a long established institution providing education and facilities to promote music making for the local and wider community. The proposal also includes co-working and bar/cafe spaces and the conversion of the top floor of the car park into football pitches and padel courts. Taking advantage of the sloping site the first or upper ground floor will be opened up to the public realm, improving access to and permeability of Market Place.

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