Iconic Wigan Pier buildings to get re-developed

A tender period for three iconic buildings at the world famous Wigan Pier has been extended following significant developer interest.

Wigan Council unveiled a six-week tender period in May for bids to be made to develop the three Wigan Pier buildings.

The three former industrial buildings stand on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and include The Warehouse, known locally as the former Way We Were Museum, The Orwell former public house, and the Education Centre.

The buildings are central to the Wigan Pier Quarter regeneration area and have attracted attention from across the region as a destination for investment and new industries on an iconic waterside setting.

Since the bidding period opened in May there has been a huge amount of interest from developers in the buildings with leisure, hotel, commercial, residential and creative uses being put forward.

Feedback from developers to the council has led to the bidding window being extended following requests for more time to complete bids.

Tours of the buildings will continue in the coming weeks for developers to finalise their plans.

The tender process is being overseen by the council in partnership with commercial property agents Lambert Smith Hampton and the Canal & River Trust.

Councillor David Molyneux, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We are very pleased with the response so far from developers in the iconic Wigan Pier buildings.

“There is no better address in the country for a business than Wigan Pier – it is world famous.”

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