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Radcliffe

The regeneration of Radcliffe - the Strategic Regeneration Framework

What is the Strategic Regeneration Framework?

The Strategic Regeneration Framework is the document that the Council is using to guide the regeneration of Radcliffe over the next 15 years. It recommends six priority projects to be delivered before 2025:

  • A new civic hub in central Radcliffe
  • The refurbishment of Market Chambers and the Market Basement
  • New Leisure facilities
  • A new secondary school
  • Brownfield housing
  • A transportation strategy

The Strategic Regeneration Framework also proposes other projects such as:

  • A riverside walkway
  • Improved walking and cycling routes around the town centre
  • New and improved employment opportunities

Why was the Strategic Regeneration Framework made?

The Strategic Regeneration Framework was produced to create a plan which would bring people back into Radcliffe town centre; re-introduce services to the town, such as a secondary school and permanent leisure facilities; create new homes and new jobs; and help to provide better opportunities to live more healthily and learn new skills.

When will the Strategic Regeneration Framework's projects be complete?

The Strategic Regeneration Framework proposes multiple projects, all of which have their own deadlines.

Two examples include:

  • The Civic Hub is due to be completed by mid to late 2024
  • The Secondary School is due to open to year 7 pupils in September 2024

How will the Strategic Regeneration Framework's projects be funded?

The Strategic Regeneration Framework's projects will be funded by a mix of council funds, funding from central and regional government programmes, and private sector partners.


Radcliffe's Levelling Up Fund bid

What was Radcliffe's Levelling Up Fund bid for?

Please see Radcliffe's Civic Hub Levelling Up Fund bid Radcliffe's Civic Hub Levelling Up Fund bid for more information.

Why was the Civic Hub chosen as the Levelling Up Fund bid for Radcliffe?

The Levelling Up Fund guidance said that Bury South (the parliamentary constituency in which Radcliffe is located) could submit one bid to the Levelling Up Fund.

Radcliffe was chosen because its regeneration plans were further along than those for other towns in the constituency and because there is a clear need to intervene to improve Radcliffe town centre and to provide new opportunities to Radcliffe residents.


Radcliffe Civic Hub

What are the proposals for the Civic Hub?

Radcliffe Civic Hub will be a new building in Radcliffe town centre which will provide a

permanent new home for Radcliffe Leisure Centre and Radcliffe Library, together with other council services, learning opportunities and community space.

It will be located on the south block of the existing 1960's precinct in the town centre and will contain:

  • Ground floor - swimming and wet change facilities, community spaces, library and reception/ foyer areas.
  • First floor - dry leisure, dry change, and library facilities.
  • Second floor/ roof - council office space, and an external roof activity space.

When will Radcliffe Civic Hub be open?

Work will start on site later this year with completion expected by mid to late 2024.

Why is the Civic Hub being built?

The Civic Hub has been designed to tackle some to the key issues that Radcliffe faces and bring benefits to Radcliffe residents:

  • The Civic Hub will provide new and improved Council facilities in the heart of the town centre. This will give residents the chance to learn new skills and live healthier lives.
  • The new facilities will be a major draw and will bring people from across the Borough back to Radcliffe's high street.
  • The Civic Hub will be a sustainable and efficient new build and will reduce the Council's operating costs.
  • The building will be an accessible "one-stop-shop" for Council services for Radcliffe residents.

Who will work in the Civic Hub?

The Civic Hub will be primarily Council run and will include staff from services and departments including but not limited to Wellness Services, Libraries, Leisure, Adult Education, the Integrated Neighbourhood Team, Adult Safeguarding, and Revenues and Benefits.

How is the construction of the Civic Hub being funded?

The Civic Hub is being funded through the £20 million won from the Levelling Up Fund and from over £30 million that the Council has committed to Radcliffe projects over the next three years.

What parking facilities will there be?

Extra car parking spaces will be provided on the site of the "north block" of the existing shopping precinct. The existing building will be demolished to provide a temporary car park. In the longer term, the site will be developed to contain uses complementary to the Civic Hub, whilst maintaining the necessary car parking provision.

Car parking numbers will be in line with Sports England car parking standards.

There is no intention to introduce a car parking fee for use of the Civic Hub.

What will be the environmental credentials of the Civic Hub?

Bury Council has declared a climate emergency and set a target to be carbon neutral by 2038. As such, the Civic Hub has been designed to be highly sustainable. Its day to day operations will be carbon neutral and it is aiming to be BREEAM excellent; this would place the Civic Hub in the top 10% of sustainable new non-domestic buildings nationally.

Who is involved in the design of the new civic hub and how the new facilities will be located within it?

The Civic Hub is being designed with input from a wide range of stakeholders. The Council project team as well as contractors Vinci Construction UK and Pozzoni architects are leading on designing the building. The design team has regularly met with representatives from the Council Services who will move into the Civic Hub, including but not limited to Wellness Services, Libraries, Leisure, Adult Education, the Integrated Neighbourhood Team, Adult Safeguarding, and Revenues and Benefits.

The Council has also been working with community groups and sport groups to help make sure that the community facilities and leisure facilities are appropriate for their needs.

Will there be better provision at the new hub for people with disabilities?

The Civic Hub has been designed so that everything within it can be accessed by all Radcliffe residents. Level access will be provided across each floor, with multiple easy and convenient lifts made available. Consultation has been held with disability rights advocacy groups to help shape the design, this consultation will continue as the designs progress.

The public realm around the Civic Hub will be made more accessible to all people, with level changes eliminated immediately around the Civic Hub.

Accessible car parking will be provided on the site of what is currently the north block of Radcliffe's shopping precinct, along with safe crossing points to the Civic Hub.

What will happen to the businesses currently located where the Civic Hub will be built?

The development of the civic hub will require the demolition of the existing 1960's precinct in the town centre. The council has contacted the affected businesses and is committed to working with them and providing support and assistance where possible.


Leisure facilities

Why can't Radcliffe Leisure Centre stay where it is?

The current Radcliffe Leisure Centre at Spring Lane was set up when the original centre at Green Street had to be demolished.

It was always intended that Spring Lane would be a temporary home with temporary facilities until such time as a new building could be built. In particular, the mobile pool has a limited lifespan and will not last indefinitely.

The existing site is also required to accommodate the new high school development which will bring huge benefits to families throughout Radcliffe.

What are the main benefits of relocating Radcliffe Leisure Centre to the new civic hub?

The new civic hub building will be a modern purpose-built venue with quality facilities that are fully accessible to all.

Wider services will also be accommodated within the same building meaning residents can access a range of quality facilities all under one roof, right in the heart of Radcliffe town centre.

For leisure specifically, it will provide a permanent home instead of the temporary site at Spring Lane. The new centre will also have larger pools, a larger gym, more dedicated space for fitness and the latest high-tech equipment, as well as an enhanced support for health and wellbeing.

What leisure facilities will be provided within the new civic hub?

There will be facilities for swimming, fitness, and wellbeing within the new hub:

Swimming

  • A 6 lane 25m swimming pool (providing an additional 2 lanes compared to the current mobile swimming pool at Spring Lane).
  • Separate teaching pool for family swimming and lessons.
  • Dedicated changing facilities and accessible changing places for people that have a disability or people that use a wheelchair to support their daily mobility.

Fitness

  • 100 station state-of-the-art gym (twice the size of the current gym at Spring Lane)
  • 2 large fitness studios (providing a much-improved environment for fitness sessions and the potential to provide a greater and wider range of classes).
  • Fitness changing facilities

Wellbeing

Bury Live Well Service which includes exercise referral officers and health trainers will also be based at Radcliffe Civic Hub. The Live Well Service helps people to make positive changes to their lifestyle by providing free, personalised support.

  • Dedicated consultation rooms will be provided within the hub for one to one conversations and consultations.

How will the leisure facilities be laid out within the civic hub?

The main swimming pool, teaching pool and associated changing facilities will be on the ground floor along with a viewing area that includes a café.

The two fitness studios and associated changing facilities will be on the first floor alongside the library space.

What will the leisure changing facilities be like?

For swimming there will be a changing village alongside the main pool and teaching pool. This will be a spacious area with two toilet areas two shower areas and two large changing cubicles for families to change together. There will also be communal changing space with banks of lockers that has the potential to create another three group change facilities with retractable doors between changing cubicles. A separate vanity room will also be provided.

On the first floor for fitness there will be male and female changing areas with showers and toilets located alongside the fitness suite.

All changing facilities at the Civic Hub will be modern and fully accessible.

What will the spectator facilities be like?

The spectator facilities will be situated at ground level alongside the swimming pool area and with a café.

The spectator area will accommodate approximately 150 people.

There will be a range of seating types and seating spaces along with wheelchair-friendly areas.

Will Radcliffe Leisure Centre at Spring Lane need to close before the Radcliffe Civic Hub is open?

We will do everything possible to ensure the transition from the existing site to the new hub building is as smooth as possible.

To achieve this we are working with the Department for Education and Star Academies towards keeping the facilities open whilst construction work for the new high school is underway.

What will happen with leisure centre memberships?

We very much want to keep as many or our loyal members as possible as the centre transitions to the new site, so that everyone gets the opportunity to enjoy the brand-new facilities and so that the centre is a huge success for Radcliffe.

Memberships for the existing centre at Spring Lane will continue to be available and will be transferrable to the new facilities at Radcliffe Civic Hub.

Should any leisure member prefer to terminate their membership they will be able to do so.

Will it be more expensive to be a member of the leisure facilities at Radcliffe Civic Hub?

Membership will continue to be offered at as low a cost as possible. Memberships won't go up in price because of the move to the new hub building and will remain competitive in comparison to other leisure providers.

Current memberships will transfer at no additional cost.

Why won't there be a sports hall at Radcliffe Civic Hub?

Various options were considered when deciding where to place the new leisure facilities:

  • Option A: Basing the leisure facilities (without a sports hall) in the town centre alongside library, learning and wellness services and community space.
  • Option B: Splitting the leisure facilities between the current site at Spring Lane and the town centre.
  • Option C: Creating a large new leisure complex at the Spring Lane site.

Option A was chosen, and this decision is explained below. Options B and C were rejected as they would compromise construction of the new high school.

Option A is considered the most favourable option due to its prominent position within the town centre. Plus, the added benefit of co-locating pool, gym and fitness facilities with library, learning and wellness services and community space, is considered to outweigh the loss of the sports hall. Another factor in reaching this decision was that the sports hall has traditionally been less utilised than the other Radcliffe Leisure Centre facilities.

We do, however, recognise the importance of providing accessible sports facilities.

  • Table tennis will be accommodated at the new hub, if possible. This is currently being explored.
  • Badminton, table tennis and squash can all be played at Castle Leisure Centre in Bury town centre, either as a pay as you go customer or as a Bury Leisure member at no extra cost.
  • Bury Council is currently working on a funding application with the Football Foundation and Lancashire County FA to develop a state-of-the-art 3G football facility in Radcliffe.

Library facilities

What are the main benefits of relocating Radcliffe Library to the new civic hub?

The new civic hub building will be a modern purpose-built venue with quality facilities that are fully accessible to all 7 days per week.

Leisure and wider services will also be accommodated within the same building meaning residents can access a range of quality facilities all under one roof, right in the heart of Radcliffe town centre.

For the library specifically, there will be more space than the library has now. This will mean there will be:

  • a wider selection of books and reading materials;
  • better reading and relaxation areas;
  • more comprehensive digital skills and technology support and training opportunities;
  • improved computer access and Wi-Fi; and
  • space to accommodate an extensive programme of regular events.

We also plan to introduce Open Plus, a self-service function that will extend the opening hours of the library and offer greater choice in how and when people access library facilities.

People that prefer to visit the library when staff are available will still be able to do so.

How will the library facilities be laid out within the civic hub?

On the ground floor there will be an informal library area encompassing a café and viewing area for the teaching pool.

The first floor will accommodate the main library area.

Where the new computer suite will be located is not yet decided but it is likely to be within the first floor area.

When will Radcliffe Civic Hub be open?

Work will start on site later this year with completion expected by the autumn of 2024.

Will Radcliffe Library at Stand Lane need to close before the new civic hub is open to the public?

The project team will ensure that there is as little disruption to library services as possible as the service transitions from Stand Lane to Radcliffe Civic Hub. There may be a brief period during when the library is in the process of relocating that it will either be closed or open during reduced hours.

What will happen with current library memberships?

All memberships will transfer to ensure all current members can take advantage of, and enjoy, the new facilities created for the communities of Radcliffe.

Will it still be free to become a member of Radcliffe Library and will there be any increase in library charges?

Library membership cards will continue to be provided free of charge, but a small charge will continue be made for lost membership cards.

The community rooms on the ground floor will be operated via a booking system and will be free to use.

Photocopy and printing charges, hire charges and fines will be at the current rate taking into account inflation at the time.

What parking facilities will there be?

Extra car parking spaces will be provided on the site of the "north block" of the existing shopping precinct. The existing building will be demolished to provide a temporary car park. In the longer term, the site will be developed to contain uses complementary to the Civic Hub, whilst maintaining the necessary car parking provision.

Car parking numbers will be in line with Sports England car parking standards.

There is no intention to introduce a car parking fee for use of the Civic Hub.

After the library has moved out, what will happen with the Carnegie Library building at Stand Lane?

The existing library building at Stand Lane will be put to good use as a new Enterprise and Skills Centre. This new use will safeguard this much-loved heritage building.

Bury Council will still own the building, but it will be utilised for a variety of community uses.

Council services will continue to be run from the building but with an enhanced focus on:

  • adult education;
  • skills;
  • jobs; and
  • business support for local start-ups and small to medium enterprises (SMEs).

A feasibility study is underway to help determine the specific uses within the building.

As part of the change of use some minor internal works will be carried out. Externally there improvements will be made to the lighting and security in the parking area.


Radcliffe Market, Market Basement and Market Chambers

What are the plans for Radcliffe Market, the Market Basement and Market Chambers?

The Market Basement will be refurbished to create a large community and cultural events space; this will be linked to a new entrance and courtyard with access onto a balcony facing the River Irwell. This new entrance space will be created on the site of the former TSB building and will also provide access to the Market Chambers first and second floors.

The Market Chambers ground floor will be turned into new retail and food and beverage spaces. The first and second floor will be used as flexible office and studio space.

When will these developments be ready?

Completion of the developments is expected in late 2023.

Could flooding damage the Market Basement and the balcony?

The designs for the Market basement, the Market Chambers basement and the balcony have all been designed to be safe from flooding.

The Market Basement and Market Chambers basements will be tanked and kept completely watertight.

The design team is consulting with the Environment Agency to make sure that the balcony is safe from flooding.

How are the works to Radcliffe Market, the Market Basement and Market Chambers being funded?

The work to fix structural issues in the Market and protect the Market Basement from flooding are being paid from the Council's backlog maintenance fund. The remainder of the funding will come from the Levelling Up Fund.

Why are the works to Radcliffe Market, the Market Basement and Market Chambers going ahead?

Waterproofing the basements of the Market and Market Chambers, along with structural work, is required to make sure that these much-loved buildings are kept safe in the long term. Every time the River Irwell floods into the basement space there is potential for the Market's structural stability to be compromised.

Waterproofing the Market basement thus provides a large space that could be used for community and cultural events. Radcliffe is in need of this type of space.

The works to the Market Chambers will bring one of Radcliffe's key heritage assets back into every day use.

The proposed entrance building, located at the former TSB building, will include a stair and lift core. This will mean that the Market Chamber upper floors and the Market Basement are made accessible. Also, a changing places changing room will be provided adjacent to the lift in the Market Basement; this will provide much needed facilities for Radcliffe residents.


North Block

Where is North Block and what are the proposals for this site?

North Block is located off Dale Street and Blackburn Street, it is the northern side of Radcliffe's shopping precinct.

It is proposed that the buildings current located here will be demolished (please note that this excludes the large building located on the corner of Railway Street and Blackburn Street, occupied by Outreach Community and Residential Services). In the short term the site will be used as surface level car parking for the Civic Hub. In the longer term, it will provide new retail, residential, and commercial space, whilst keeping the car parking provision required for the Civic Hub.


The Enterprise and Skills Centre

What are the plans for the Enterprise and Skills Centre?

Once Library Services has moved out, the existing library building at Stand Lane will be put to good use as a new Enterprise and Skills Centre. This new use will safeguard this much-loved heritage building.

Bury Council will still own the building, and spaces within it will be kept available for a variety of community uses.

Council services will continue to be run from the building but with an enhanced focus on:

  • adult education;
  • skills;
  • jobs; and
  • business support for local start-ups and small to medium enterprises (SMEs).

A feasibility study is underway to help determine the specific uses within the building.

As part of the change of use some minor internal works will be carried out. Externally, improvements will be made to the lighting and security in the parking area. No changes are planned to the outside of the building.


Public Realm

What are the proposals for public realm around Radcliffe piazza?

The proposals for the town centre will be supported by improved public realm located around the Civic Hub. The public realm will be divided into three sections:

  • Bridge Square - Which will act as main walking route around the Civic Hub. The square will be re-laid with high quality local stone and much-loved features including the bandstand, John Atkinson's memorial stone, and the clock tower will be retained, but placed in improved locations.
  • Market Walk - An improved space between the Market and Civic Hub, that the Market will have an opportunity to spill out on.
  • The Link - Linear path between Dale Street and Radcliffe Market, with opportunities for green walls and community arts spaces.

Governance

What are the governance arrangements for Radcliffe's regeneration projects?

See Radcliffe regeneration - project management and decision-making for further information.


Consultation

How can I have my say and get involved in Radcliffe's regeneration?

For further information on how to get involved please contact radclifferegeneration@bury.gov.uk, or visit the Radcliffe Regeneration Office between 10am and 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 Dale Street, Radcliffe, M26 1AB, to speak to a member of the team.


Radcliffe's Transportation Strategy

With all the new developments, what is being done to make Radcliffe easier to get around?

A town centre transportation strategy has been produced for Radcliffe which looks to make the town easier and more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists to use. The strategy looks at ways to improve connectivity between the town centre and its surroundings, including a proposed riverside walk.

A car parking strategy is being produced to help tackle Radcliffe's parking issues.

The project team is actively seeking out funding from third parties such as national government to fund transport proposals.

Borough-wide transportation proposals will emerge as part of the wider Development Plan process and transport strategies.


Other Strategic Regeneration Framework projects

Please see Radcliffe Regeneration - Secondary school and brownfield housing for more information about the proposed secondary school and about brownfield housing.

Contact for Regeneration