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£50m facelift to create new leisure offer in Black Country

Asset manager of Black Country retail hub outlines plans to make shopping centre fit for a post-covid landscape by increasing the leisure and dining out options Merry Hill shopping centre is to undergo a major overhaul aimed at broadening the retail hub’s appeal in a post-covid landscape by increasing its leisure offer. Asset manager Ellandi has outlined a programme of renovation works worth £50 million as it aims to keep the centre relevant following a tumultuous time for the retail landscape as consumer habits changed and online shopping boomed during…

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CGI: Spindles centre, Oldham

Designs revealed for Oldham’s regenerated shopping and leisure precinct

Oldham Council unveils first look at your new Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre to save town centre and kickstart recovery 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…

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Why placemaking is about regeneration and not redevelopment

Levelling up can only happen if placemaking drives local regeneration, says Bob Blackman MP For many, the pandemic has reinforced the importance of local communities. Whether it be checking in on elderly neighbours, being out in the street to clap the NHS, or supporting cherished local businesses through tough times, coronavirus has helped to renew a sense of local pride. Emerging from lockdown, and slowly returning to the high street, we might briefly marvel at the newfound café culture which has sprung up in towns and cities across the UK.…

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