Oldham Council Unveils First Look at Your New Spindles Town Square Shopping Center to Save Downtown and Revive Recovery


Secure external funds to accelerate and prioritize a brand new Tommyfield market, event venue, space for new entrepreneurs and an arts and heritage archive center

After acting on calls from the community and market traders for Oldham Council to acquire Spindles Town Square shopping center to save the downtown core, we are delighted to unveil some exciting plans – shaped by the locals of the borough – which will transform the building.

Many fantastic ideas and suggestions from residents, businesses and market traders highlighted in recent consultations are incorporated into the redesign to help change the future of the building and help our downtown and the local economy thrive. straighten out.

They include requests for more things to do and see for all ages – including food, drink, recreation, and entertainment – as well as better retail offering.

A sustainable future for Tommyfield Market

The existing hall is no longer suitable for its use and traders have clearly understood the importance of a brand new Tommyfield market which maximizes footfall, access to adjacent car parks and public transport stops.

The new market stretches from Town Square, through the old TJ Hughes unit, and extends to Parliament Square. The space will be completely redeveloped to offer a new purpose built market. This new location offers increased visibility in the heart of the city center, with direct access to both the shopping center and the old town hall.

Entering it from inside the mall you will find a retail market and a wide range of services at the mall level while downstairs, connecting Parliament Square, a food court will be created where you can sample food and drink from a range of Tommyfield traders. This area will also include two flexible spaces that can be used for things like live cooking demonstrations, pop-ups, small exhibitions, family activities, and market events.

Image provided by AEW Architects

Culture, leisure and entertainment

We are proposing to create a separate and larger event hall on two levels above the new market hall, which can be used for private and public functions and will offer a view of the roof of the district. This new venue, which could host anything from live concerts to weddings, festivals and conferences, will be on the floors above Town Square and will be accessible at street and mall level. With its location at one end of the building, the new event space and market can operate later than the rest of the mall to boost Oldham’s leisure and entertainment offerings and our nightlife economy.

We are also developing new archives “open to the public” to present the artefacts of our artistic and heritage services and make them easier to access than ever. Enter Town Square’s new space to browse the exhibits, then descend the stairs to a newly created archive built in one of the multi-story parking levels to uncover hidden gems and special events. This new location will additionally be Gallery Oldham and Oldham Local Studies and Archives – adding Oldham’s highly regarded culture and heritage into the mix of retail and hospitality.

A multi-purpose center with improved retail

In the Spindles area, we would like to condense our retail offering – the ground floor becoming the main shopping center, heading towards Town Square and the new Tommyfield Market. This will allow us to reallocate the space on the top floor where we want to create a flexible contemporary workspace to attract new entrepreneurs and growing industries like creative design and media. This project, along with the relocation of Tommyfield Market, is supported by a successful funding offer to the government’s Cities Fund.

The new co-working space will be next to new offices for Oldham Council staff which could extend to the top floor – at present this third floor is mostly unused and in large quantities. part “hidden” from public view. By creating new municipal offices, this will allow us to free up the Civic Center and consider reassigning it to an alternative use in the future, such as new downtown homes.

Brooches - office space

Image provided by AEW Architects

Invest to save

Oldham Council’s investment in Spindles Town Square shopping center is central to our Create a Better Place regeneration strategy. It will allow us to unlock brownfields for new homes and open public spaces and supports our commitment to protect the green belt from development. It will also save the council money by reducing the overhead costs of items such as the existing market hall and civic center.

Cllr Arooj Shah, Head of Oldham Council and Cabinet Member for Economic and Social Reform, said: “We are delighted to launch these initial plans which give an idea of ​​what Spindles Town Shopping Center could look like and offer. Square in the future.

“The way we buy has changed over the years and the pandemic has unfortunately accelerated the changing face of Main Street across the UK – making the need for investment more important than ever.

“But the redevelopment isn’t just about shiny new buildings. It underpins our Create a Better Place regeneration strategy by enabling a wider regeneration of Oldham and supporting the borough’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Oldham Council is leading by example by investing in our city for our residents and businesses.

“This will help recover greater footfall in the city center while freeing up sites like the Civic Center and the existing market hall for redevelopment – in turn protecting our green belt by prioritizing brownfields. And in doing so, we can create more than 2,000 new homes, 1,000 jobs and 100 apprenticeships when they are needed.

You said we made it

The concepts were designed following a recent community consultation with views and comments feeding directly into the plans. More than 2,000 people spoke out and shared their ideas for the future of the center.

We want you to continue to help us develop our plans for the regeneration of Oldham and we will soon be asking for your feedback on projects in our Create a Better Place strategy, including the redevelopment of Spindles Town Square shopping center and others. projects as part of our Towns Fund offer.

Cllr Arooj Shah added, “Your suggestions have been invaluable in helping us get to where we are today. You told us you wanted key retailers, small independents, culture, recreation, entertainment, and activities with family and friends. We work hard to bring you this and we are committed to supporting you every step of the way.

“We also want to know what you think of our other proposals for the regeneration of the borough, including plans for a new theater space in the heritage buildings on Union Street, the Northern Roots Urban Farm and a new park. linear to downtown.

“This is your city and we want you to be at the center of creating its future – so when the consultation opens please get involved. Oldham has so much potential, and together we can make sure he thrives. “

The concepts will be discussed by Oldham’s council cabinet on Monday, July 26, when they consider advancing the next phase of the center’s redevelopment ahead of a more detailed planning request later this year.


Comments are closed.