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Oldham shopping centre to be redeveloped

Words: Laura Edgar
Spindles Market / Oldham Council and AEW Architects

Oldham Council’s planning committee has granted planning permission for the redevelopment of the town’s Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre.

The shopping centre will be repurposed, with plans featuring a new space for Tommyfield Market, homes and new venues for work and leisure.

Amanda Chadderton, leader of the council and cabinet member for regeneration and housing, said: “These plans will breathe much-needed new life into the town centre.

“We are creating a fantastic mixed-used building which offers something for everyone including shopping, entertainment, food and drink, culture, event space and places to work and grow your business.

“High streets have changed and are no longer sustainable if they just focus on retail. We are determined to make sure Oldham offers everything people tell us they want, and the redevelopment of Spindles is at the heart of this.”

The main shopping area will be on the lower mall, connected to a new split-level Tommyfield Market, which will be built in and around the former TJ Hughes unit. A dedicated food and drink court will connect to Parliament Square and above the market there will be an events space for public and private use, as well as a rooftop terrace.

Also included in the plans is a new archive space to give people better access to Oldham’s museum, archive and library collections and cycle storage.

The council said the design and layout will mean that the food market and events space would be able to remain open until late, increasing the town's night-time attraction. Solar panels will be mounted on the roof.

The redevelopment is expected to take around 18 months.

Image credit | Oldham Council and AEW Architects