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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 2nd March, 2024)

The Future Is Bright, The Future Is ORANGE!


The Future Is Bright, The Future Is ORANGE!
Proposed Residential Building on the corner of Market Street and New Market Street, Twice the height of the Rushton Building.
As you can see and in the architects words, ‘Featuring Roof To Residences’ perhaps this is euphemism for roof top Pigeon Coats?

Photo: Colin Traynor  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Colin Traynor on 2nd March 2024 at 04:34

Roof Top Pigeon COTE’S !!!!!

Comment by: Garry on 2nd March 2024 at 05:59

The future is horrible, no character no teast. Thankfully we have photos of our Wigan of yesteryear. Where are we going with these Lego blocks.

Comment by: Arthur on 2nd March 2024 at 06:49

Looks like a building from another Country, to me, it doesn't blend in with the Wigan seen.

Comment by: Alan on 2nd March 2024 at 07:03

A building out of place....looks cheap and only a 30 year life span, just like the Galleries.
Not my cup of tea. I hate change.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 2nd March 2024 at 07:10

Words fail me.....

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd March 2024 at 07:41

They look better in a drawing….I just wonder who will be residing in them. It looks like a holiday complex. Costa a Lot Apartments.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 2nd March 2024 at 07:43

What an absolute monstrosity! It reminds me of one of those building sets that children used to get for birthdays in the 1950s....."Bayco Building Sets".....where you had little metal rods stuck into a base and you slid "bricks" and "windows" in between them. Having said that, the finished toy "building" was usually an attractive little 1930s-style house. I doubt even Wigan's pigeons would want to perch on the above! "Residential Block H" it says on the bottom of the photo.....more like "Cell Block H"!

Comment by: Dick Dastardly on 2nd March 2024 at 08:59

Residential Block H . What a lovely sounding address .

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd March 2024 at 09:40

Sounds like Cell Block H

Comment by: freddie on 2nd March 2024 at 09:55

it will look a sight with washing hanging out over the balconies and satellite dishes to get all the east European tv stations

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 2nd March 2024 at 10:02

Just the reaction I expected!
The description is built in a 'Vernacular Style' which in plain English means like a converted derelict mill, a bit like Water Street and Mesnes Street multi-story car parks.
Who is funding these nine blocks I don't know and I imagine few would voluntarily want to live in them. Most flats appear to be bed sits or with one bedroom, Students, homeless people or new arrivals?
I bet they are bought up by foreign companies with any rent being subsidised from council tax and then fuelled abroad. I envisage the area between New Market Street and Marsden Street will be a none English speaking no-go area. More can be seen on display in the Market Hall.
By nature I am an optimistic person but not on this occasion.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 2nd March 2024 at 10:29

A complete out of character monstrosity. If they revamped all the disused Mills, they wouldn't need flats ( apartments ) here

Comment by: Meg on 2nd March 2024 at 10:36

Interesting Colin. The roof top residences look hideous. I wonder if the money will ever be found to build it.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 2nd March 2024 at 11:00

Prisoner: Cell Block H.
Australian Soap Opera, that seems to be appropriate.
As you say a wonderful address, perhaps each block will be given a exotic name like ‘Strangeways’ or ‘Wormwood Scrubs’.

Comment by: DTease on 2nd March 2024 at 12:14

It seems that Wigan Council is sticking with its favourite ‘Amazon Cardboard Box’ style.
At least you’ll have something to throw yourself off when the depression gets to you.

Comment by: Prospective Tenant on 2nd March 2024 at 13:12

Will I be able to keep my chickens and goat one of those sheds on the roof? What will the rent be ? I am looking for much cheapness?
I heard that the hall and clock tower will be a mosque and minaret, most convenient.

Comment by: Pw on 2nd March 2024 at 13:18

It looks similar to the photo of Caroline St.on PAD.only more modern.The government are trying to reach there housing targets at any cost.

Comment by: Pw on 2nd March 2024 at 13:20

I meant the photo of Caroline St.on Album.

Comment by: Cyril on 2nd March 2024 at 14:03

They look very similar to those blocks of flats on Heritage Way at Wallgate, or the Brideoake retirement village at Standish.

DTease, don't mention that or they may be having the bent arrow logo put on the sides of the buildings

Wonder if the councils reinforced (RAAC) concrete nuclear bunker is still in place deep down under where Morrison's was, it would offer as much protection as a canvas tent.

Comment by: Vic on 2nd March 2024 at 14:46

Good point WN1 Standisher.
I totally agree.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 2nd March 2024 at 15:52

Also look like they are faced with cladding.
Brideoake in Standish and the other block must be an eyesore for those backing onto it from Southlands Ave, bet they are furious and impacted on their property values. Who would like to live there and look out onto Fifteens and all the noise at night. Not to mention all the recent scandals over these types of retirement properties and their ever increasing fees. I feel sorry for them.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 2nd March 2024 at 19:00

A step up from living in an Anderson shelter that was constructed in the once fashionable ‘ Unspectacular Style ‘
which in plain English translates as ‘ cobbled together overnight ‘ .

Comment by: e on 2nd March 2024 at 19:14

You can’t pull a donkey
that doesn’t wish to go !

Comment by: Cyril on 2nd March 2024 at 20:08

I too would be furious if the outlook was blocked Colin, when I was a RSPCA volunteer I would walk the dogs held in kennels at Gilmore vets, and very often I would walk down to, and then along the footpath at Prospect, and up to Green Lane and walk back along along there, I have wondered if those retirement blocks built on the land at Chadwick's now spoil the view they had of the West Pennine Moors, Rivington, and also Winter Hill which could be seen from there. On the flyers of the new builds it showed nice single storey type homes, so how did they get permission to build blocks of flats to be as tall as they are?

That cladding isn't at all good as another multi-storey was burned to ash in Spain a few days ago, and the news film shown was like how the Grenfell fire spread along the cladding to other flats.

Comment by: DTease on 2nd March 2024 at 20:41

Cyril, I still have some of the photos from when they were intending to build Robin Park. Believe me they look absolutely nothing like the end result!

Comment by: DTease on 2nd March 2024 at 20:48

Stick to thi Anderton Shelter Ozy, tha’ll never get thi Aga up theer in one o them Rabbit Hutches.

Comment by: Gary on 2nd March 2024 at 22:38

The end result will look nothing like the drawing - orange? It will emerge a sort of dog dirt colour after 6 months of damp weather.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 3rd March 2024 at 10:03

I was once waiting on the doctors car park just off the main road before Chadwicks came down and spotted a chap taking photos. He saw me in the car and came over. He explained he was submitting evidence to the council ( if ever that was of any use ) that the planned building would take away privacy of his bedrooms of his property on Southlands. He said he'd heard they were going to be 3 storey although only 2 storey had been submitted. He was right !!!

Comment by: John Fisher on 23rd March 2024 at 19:40

Colin, are you Colin Traynor who worked in the drawing office at Rank Audio Visual in the early 70s ?

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