Designs for 40 million The GBP is still in flux, but new CGIs show the direction Bury Council is moving into.
The CGIs were shared in the council’s Investing in Radcliffe News, a document sent to every house in the town.
Included in the first edition is an update of all its major Radcliffe regeneration projects.
Detailed design work has begun on the 750-place Radcliffe High School, which will be run by the Star Multi Academy Trust. The city council estimates that the construction work will start in September 2023. The high school will open in autumn 2024.
The civic focal point
Bury aims to begin demolition later this year to make way for the £40m Radcliffe Civic Hub, which will serve as a library, community space and leisure centre. The design for the project must be completed before the end of the year. Once construction begins, Bury estimates it will last until the summer of 2024.
The scheme will be net zero in operation and have solar panels to help provide clean power.
Although designs have not been finalised, Bury has outlined what the new civic center will consist of.
The leisure aspect of the hub will have a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool and a second training and education pool. There will also be a 100-station fitness center with two fitness studios, consultation rooms for one-on-one wellness discussions, accessible changing rooms, multiple climbing walls, a café, a rooftop activity room.
The library will be open seven days a week and will have a children’s library on the ground floor with sensory pods to help those with autism and other needs. There will be a common room, improved computer access and a dedicated area for local archives.
The company and the competence centre
Once Radcliffe Library has moved into the civic centre, work will begin to transform the old library site off Stand Lane into a business and skills centre. The site will also have space for skills development, adult learning and council services.
The building will be completely refurbished, according to Bury Council. The municipality also wants to build a balcony to Radcliffe Market and create a flexible event space in the market basement. Bury’s plans call for the demolition of the old TSB building to improve access to the market basement and upper floors of the building by creating an external terrace.
‘Radcliffe is clearly on the rise’
Leader of Bury Council Cllr Eamonn O’Brien confirmed the local authority’s commitment to the town.
“Unprecedented sums of money are being invested in Radcliffe to make major physical improvements, create new facilities and create the right environment for communities to thrive, renew pride in their town and live their best lives,” he said.
“As Radcliffe’s regeneration program gets underway, people across the city can really look forward to a brighter future.
“With a brand new school, plus modern town center leisure facilities, plus a new library and wellbeing, learning and cultural opportunities, Radcliffe is clearly on the rise.”