Placefirst has released visuals for its multi-million development that will “completely transform” Bolton town centre. 

The CGIs released by the BTR developer depict its new £35million scheme, which has been officially named Deansgate Gardens. The development, located opposite the former Beales department store and close to Bolton’s Town Hall, will deliver 167 new high-quality, sustainable homes for long-term private rent, as well as extensive public realm and commercial space.  

The name takes inspiration from the area’s heritage and reputation as a major commercial, retail and social hub during the 19th century, and Placefirst consulted with Bolton Council and members of the public to receive input into the naming.

David Mawson, CEO at Placefirst, commented: “These stunning new images of Deansgate Gardens offer a new look into our first contribution towards a bright and brilliant future for Bolton town centre.”

“We are immensely proud to be delivering such a transformative scheme, one which will deliver a community of much-needed new quality rental homes right in the heart of Bolton town centre.”

“As placemaking specialists, our goal is always to create sustainable new neighbourhoods that people benefit from and take pride in, and we will achieve just that with Deansgate Gardens.”  

The deputy leader of Bolton City Council, Cllr Akhtar Zaman, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Placefirst on this transformative scheme. Attracting more people to live in the town centre is a key part of our regeneration strategy, and building quality long-term rental properties like Deansgate Gardens will help us achieve this goal.”

“The new name reflects the important heritage of this particular site, which will once again become a bustling and vibrant neighbourhood in the town centre.”

“The latest images show how impressive the finished development will be, complementing the many other projects which are transforming Bolton into an even better place to live, work and visit.” 

Placefirst worked with award-winning architect Levitt Bernstein and landscape architect CW Studio to design the 1.1-hectare scheme.  

Construction at the site, which was previously home to a car park and several disused buildings, began in 2023 by main contractor, Caddick Construction, transforming the brownfield site into a new neighbourhood with rooftop terraces, resident gardens and courtyards.  

Designed with the local community in mind, the neighbourhood will also include ground-floor commercial spaces, a spacious central square, communal green areas and pedestrian-led spaces. 

Deansgate Gardens is projected for completion in summer 2025, with Placefirst remaining on-site to oversee the management and maintenance of the neighbourhood with professional in-house teams.

The scheme forms a central component of Bolton Council’s £1billion masterplan to transform the town centre by blending high-quality buildings and carefully designed public spaces.

Source: Showhouse