CGI: Spindles centre, Oldham

Designs revealed for Oldham’s regenerated shopping and leisure precinct

External funds secured to accelerate and prioritise a brand new Tommyfield Market, events venue, space for new business entrepreneurs, and arts and heritage archive hub

After acting on community and market trader pleas for Oldham Council to acquire Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre to save the heart of the town centre, we are delighted to unveil exciting plans – shaped by people across the borough – which will transform the building.

Lots of fantastic ideas and suggestions from residents, businesses and market traders put forward through recent consultations are embedded in the redesign to help change the future of the building and support our town centre and local economy to recover.

They include requests for more things for all ages to do and see – including food, drink, leisure and entertainment – as well as a better retail offer.

A sustainable future for Tommyfield Market

The existing market hall is no longer fit for purpose and traders have been clear about the importance of a brand new Tommyfield Market which maximises footfall, access to the adjacent car parks and public transport stops.

The new market stretches from Town Square, through the former TJ Hughes Unit and extends into Parliament Square. The space will be completely redeveloped to provide a purpose-built new market.  This new location offers enhanced visibility in the heart of the town centre, with direct access to both the shopping centre and the Old Town Hall.

Entering it from inside the shopping centre, you’ll find a retail market and a wide range of services at mall level while downstairs, linking to Parliament Square, a food court will be created where you can enjoy food and drink from an array of Tommyfield traders. This area will also feature two flexible spaces which can be used for things like live cooking demos, pop-ups, small exhibitions, family activities and market events…

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