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Esports venue planned for Wigan

Cityheart and Wigan Council have submitted a hybrid planning application for the proposed £135 million redevelopment of the Galleries Shopping Centre in Wigan, England, to include an esports centre.

The joint venture partnership between BCEGI and Cityheart for the scheme is known as Galleries 25. BCEGI will lead the construction programme for the new scheme.

The plans submitted include detailed and outline proposals covering an array of leisure facilities such as an exciting multimedia/esports centre, which will be home to a multi-screen cinema, a ten-lane bowling alley, new food and drink outlets, multi-purpose venue and indoor mini golf. A purpose-built pavilion off Market Street will provide new food and drink establishments and evening entertainment.

A new, more centrally located market hall will be delivered, which will include traditional market stalls, new retail units, co-working spaces, small offices and a contemporary vibrant food hall.

The proposals also include a new hotel and 464 new high-quality homes ranging from one-bedroom apartments to three-bedroom town houses and retirement living.

Becca Heron, director of economy and skills at Wigan Council said:

We thank the public for their helpful comments to date and as local planning authority, we urge people to read the application and supporting documents and formally submit their views.

The application is now going through the statutory process and will be determined in the autumn in line with national and local planning policy.

If granted, work is expected to start on site in January next year. Over 600 full time equivalent jobs will be created once the site is operational.

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