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Market Walk regeneration works completed in Chorley

Regeneration works have been completed on the Market Walk shopping centre in Chorley, East Lancashire, after the Chorley Council commissioned the contractor company the Eric Wright Group and the quantity surveyor company Perfect Circle as part of a £15M contract.

Going into further detail, the regeneration works to the Market Walk shopping centre have been organised by the local council as part of their wider town centre regeneration programme, entailing the delivery of seven new units for mixture of retail, leisure, and dining purposes over a total area of 74,479sq ft.

The Regional Lead at Perfect Circle, Jon Parry stated: “Market Walk represents an important part of Chorley’s wider development programme, providing the area with an economic boost and the creation of new jobs. It will give the community a range of new facilities not currently available in the town centre, boosting footfall.

“The development provides facilities for a full day out including retail, leisure and entertainment along with restaurants and bars, generating a greater tourist offering and attracting more visitors to the area. We are delighted to have been involved in this transformative project.

“Due to its location, the scheme required an innovative car parking solution. As the development is on the site of the former Flat Iron car park, we needed to ensure that parking spaces were not compromised for visitors to the town centre while works were taking place.

“To mitigate this, we installed the decked car park on the site of the existing Friday Street car park and progressed with enabling works immediately after planning permission was granted. We have also created an additional circa 500 car parking spaces across the town centre.”

The Leader of Chorley Council, Councillor Alistair Bradley added: “We have been certain from day one that this project would be a success and, since we started building it just under 12 months ago, we have seen interest continue to grow. Three-quarters of the development has terms agreed with offers out on the remaining units. The fact we have achieved this shows a huge confidence in Chorley as a place to set up business when other places are really struggling with the changing nature of the high street.”

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