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Welcome to Our Public Consultation

Thank you for taking the time to visit our consultation website.

The Galleries 25 team are bringing forward exciting plans to transform the Galleries Shopping Centre site and create a unique, vibrant destination comprising of new leisure and hospitality facilities, as well as new homes.

Before we submit a hybrid planning application to Wigan Council, we want to hear the views of the local community. Please let us know what you think about our proposals – what do you like about the plans? Is there anything you would change?

To ensure that everyone can view the proposals and comment on them safely, we are holding this consultation virtually. Therefore, our consultation website includes a Virtual Exhibition room. The virtual exhibition room includes information boards that you would find at a regular, in-person exhibition event, which provide more detail on the proposals.

Our consultation website also includes a summary of the proposals for your convenience, please click here to view.

Once you have viewed our proposals, you can submit your feedback through our online form, or if you prefer, you can have your say via a method listed on our contact page.

A public consultation webinar event was held on Thursday 20th May.

All feedback received during our consultation will be logged and reviewed to help shape the final plans before a hybrid planning application is submitted to Wigan  Council. All comments should be received no later than Tuesday, 1st June 2021 to ensure they can be taken into consideration before the final plans are submitted to the Council.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Our Proposals

For your convenience, we have provided a summary of our proposals. For more in-depth information about the plans please click here to visit our virtual exhibition.

We are proposing to redevelop the Galleries Shopping Centre and deliver a vibrant scheme where people can live, work and play. Our plans include:

  • An exciting multimedia centre, home to a multi-screen cinema, a ten-lane bowling alley, new food and drink outlets, multi-use venue and indoor mini golf.
  • A pavilion off Market Street which will host new food and drink establishments and evening entertainment.
  • A new Market Hall including traditional market stalls, new retail units, co-working spaces, small offices and a contemporary food hall.
  • A new hotel comprising circa 150 guestrooms.
  • 464 new homes, ranging from one-bedroom apartments, to three-bedroom town houses, providing the opportunity for more people to live and work in Wigan town centre.
  • 240 car parking spaces for residents and 220 spaces for those using the retail and leisure facilities.
  • 90 new cycle parking spaces for those using the leisure facilities. 464 cycle parking spaces for residents.
  • The creation of over 600 full time equivalent jobs once the site is operational, and further jobs and apprenticeships at the construction stage.

Please visit our virtual exhibition for further details about the scheme. If you have any questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions. To submit your feedback, please visit our online feedback form.

Virtual Exhibition

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about our plans, check below to see our frequently asked questions and answers. For all other questions, please visit our contact page to get in touch with the project team.

Our proposals will transform the Galleries Shopping Centre site in Wigan town centre. Our plans will deliver:

  • An exciting multimedia centre, home to a multi-screen cinema, a ten-lane bowling alley, new food and drink outlets, multi-use venue and indoor mini golf.
  • A pavilion off Market Street which will host new food and drink establishments and evening entertainment.
  • A new Market Hall including traditional market stalls but also new retail units, co-working spaces, small offices and a contemporary food hall.
  • A new hotel comprising of circa 150 guestrooms.
  • 464 new homes, ranging from one-bedroom apartments, to three-bedroom town houses, providing the opportunity for more people to live and work in Wigan town centre.
  • 240 car parking spaces for residents and 220 spaces for those using the retail and leisure facilities.
  • 90 new cycle parking spaces for those using the leisure facilities. 464 cycle parking spaces for residents.
  • The creation of over 600  full time equivalent jobs once the site is operational, and further jobs and apprenticeships at the construction stage.

The Galleries Shopping Centre is located in the north of Wigan town centre, between Market Street and Mesnes Street.

The new market will be based in Marketgate – a location that local market traders identified as a suitable option. Our plans will deliver an updated market hall which will re-open the currently closed off Market Gate Shopping Centre entrance just off Standishgate. Once the existing building structures have been redeveloped this will allow for the current market traders to move in. The Market is recognised as one of the most important elements that will ensure the future success of this new scheme, which is why we are prioritising its construction and it would be one of the first projects to commence and be completed, should the application be approved. The new market hall will be officially open for occupation in Quarter One of 2024.The exact number of stalls is still to be confirmed but we will keep the public updated throughout the development.

Makinson Arcade would remain operational throughout the development process. We will aim to ensure a continued use of Woodcock Square and uninterrupted footfall from the bus station to Standish Gate will be maintained. Attractive hoardings providing guided access to Makinson Arcade whist protecting the public from construction activities. Throughout the construction period, we would also introduce an exciting programme of activities at Woodcock Square. Through our Support Local campaign we will promote and publicise businesses to ensure customers continue to visit.

A number of surveys have previously taken place, which have asked local people their views on the town centre more widely and also what they would like to see happen to the Galleries site. This public consultation is asking for your views on our proposals to redevelop the Galleries.

A hybrid planning application comprises of two parts:  a ‘detailed’ element and an ‘outline’ element. The outline plans contain less detail and are subject to a further ‘reserved matters’ planning application before they can be built.

All aspects of the development, with the exception of the multimedia centre, three residential blocks (blocks A, B &C), eight town houses (block E) and the retirement living unit (block D), will be included in the detailed element of the planning application. The multimedia centre, retirement living unit, three residential blocks and eight town houses will be included in the outline planning element. These outline plans contain less detail and are subject to a further ‘reserved matters’ planning application before they can be built.

We are committed to engaging with local residents and stakeholders about our plans to redevelop the Galleries site. We want to deliver a high-quality, mixed-use scheme that the local community can be proud of.

There are a number of ways you can have your say on our proposals, such as by calling the community information line on 0333 358 0502 (Monday to Friday – 9:00am to 5:30pm) or completing a feedback form online. You can also email us at galleries25@havingyoursay.co.uk.

Galleries 25 is a joint venture partnership between public sector regeneration specialists Cityheart and leading construction company Beijing Construction Engineering Group International (BCEGI). The partnership was appointed by Wigan Council in 2020 following an extensive 12 month EU compliant public procurement exercise to deliver the redevelopment of the Galleries Shopping Centre site. Wigan Council, as landowner, is supporting the development.

Your Views

The consultation has now closed. We are currently in the process of considering all feedback received. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their views with us.

Please note that any feedback provided by you will be used for the purposes of informing the submission of a planning application and a summary of all responses will be collated into a Statement of Community Involvement to be submitted as part of that application to the Council. The information you provide will only be used for the purposes of this consultation exercise.  The data will be held securely in accordance with data protection guidelines. 

Contact Us

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the development team using the following details: