Cityheart has selected Galliford Try for phase one of the construction of the Wigan Galleries redevelopment in the UK.  

The £135m ($173.44m) project will add new homes, a food hall, retail facilities, and a hotel, among other features.

The Wigan Galleries redevelopment is aimed at attracting more visitors to the town centre of Wigan, encouraging them to extend their stay into the evening, thereby boosting the local economy.  

Wigan Council acquired the Galleries in 2018 to reverse the town centre’s decline.  

Following this, Cityheart was named Wigan Council’s strategic development partner in June 2021, and since then, hybrid planning consent for the entire site has been obtained. 

Cityheart COO Warren Taylor said: “This is a complex, multiphase scheme in the heart of the town and we are looking forward to seeing the key elements of this transformational project start to emerge this year.” 

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Last month, Cityheart and BCEGI Construction completed the demolition work for the redevelopment project.  

P.P. O’Connor is now preparing the site for phase one, which includes constructing associated infrastructure alongside the aforementioned features. 

Following this first phase, the project will see the construction of the Pavilion building, cinema, and leisure space, 464 residential units, and a retirement living complex.  

The redevelopment is designed with environmental sustainability in mind, featuring ground-source heat pumps and photovoltaic units expected to reduce carbon emissions by 1,530tpa. 

Galliford Try Building North West managing director Darren Parker said: “We are delighted to be working with Cityheart and Wigan Council to bring this scheme forward.  

“The Galleries project will create a real landmark for the town centre and we look forward to playing our part in creating high-quality facilities for local people.” 

The latest development comes after Galliford Try‘s Infrastructure division was selected by Calderdale Council for a £34m project under the YORcivil framework last month.