|That’s Life: Celebrating a year of Wigan Life Centre
More than 250,000 people have visited Wigan Life Centre since it opened a year ago, Wigan Council can reveal.
The building, which is home to a host of public services, has been open for 12 months today. Nearly a decade in the planning, the Life Centre has revolutionised services in the borough. People can get housing and council tax benefit advice, help finding a job, request planning permission, get health advice, take a course and borrow a book all under one roof.
The aim of the Life Centre is to provide the services of the council and its partners in one place. Wigan and Leigh Housing, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, and the NHS all work out of the building. Others running services in the centre include Age UK, Wigan Independent Advice Centre and Wigan Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
It’s proved a hit with the public of Wigan Borough with more than a quarter of a million people walking through the building’s doors in its first year. Customer satisfaction is currently rated at 99 per cent. The centre has been nominated for a number of architectural prizes thanks to its impressive design. It was handed the North West regional award for Conservation and Town Centre Regeneration last month by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
The Life Centre was created from old municipal buildings and given a distinctive glass frontage, which overlooks a new piazza in the heart of Wigan town centre. Together with the Life Centre South site, which includes a swimming pool and office space, it forms part of a “campus style” collection of public buildings that has breathed new life into the Library Street area of Wigan.
Lord Peter Smith, Leader of Wigan Council, says: “It is amazing to think the Life Centre is a year old. It’s so well-established it feels like it has been here for much longer. It has totally revolutionised how residents get the services that are so important to them. They can come into the building and in one visit deal with many different issues. This is the future of public services and I am pleased we are pioneering it here in Wigan Borough.”
To mark the anniversary of its opening, a new video has been produced demonstrating the Life Centre’s facilities. It will soon be available to view on Wigan Council’s YouTube account.