|Market Place works set to complete this weekend
A major regeneration project to revamp Market Place in Wigan town centre will be almost complete this weekend, just in time for the annual Run Wigan Festival.
The project, delivered by Wigan Council’s chosen contractor, nmcn, has focused on improving the Market Place area by replacing benches, installing recycling bins, planters, trees and flowers, creating cycle parking facilities, lowering the walled area, re-paving the floor and including additional seating.
A history board will also be installed giving shoppers, residents and visitors an insight into the background of the town centre space.
The improvements are in keeping with the style of Wallgate and have been developed to compliment major town centre events, including the Run Wigan Festival, Wigan 10k and Wigan Pride.
Most of the scheme will be complete ahead of Sunday’s race, although some minor paving works will need to be carried out next week due to recent bad weather.
Leader of the council, Councillor David Molyneux said: “We are committed to supporting the continued vitality of our town centres as we recognise that they are used in different ways by different residents and visitors.
“Town centres are so much more a social space than they used to be which is why we have created a design to compliment events and to provide a welcoming focal point. The benches we have replaced have been moved to Mesnes Park for further use, providing even more seating for walkers and families.
“We are confident that this new design will support the shopping experience and will benefit local businesses.”
The new Market Place features can also be enjoyed by visitors, shoppers, runners and local people wanting to experience the international continental markets, which will be back in the town centre from Thursday 14th March until Sunday 17th March.
The improvements will provide an attractive meeting point and good seating area and aims to reduce reports of anti-social behaviour. It will also create a more usable and flexible space for performances and events.
nmcn have been using local subcontractors and suppliers where possible in order to give local companies the opportunity to contribute to the scheme.
Geoff Poyzer, managing director for the highways division at nmcn said: “This has been a fantastic project to deliver and we are extremely proud of the results.
“We’ve built some great relationships with local businesses including A & R Recycling, who provided recycling services and Bollard Street Ltd who provided street furniture. This is in addition to working with the Wigan branches of Speedy Hire, Breedon Concrete and J Barker paving. They have helped us to deliver this project in a timely and professional manner.”