Galleries25 – a joint venture partnership between BCEGI and Cityheart – has been officially announced as the preferred development partner for the Galleries Shopping Centre redevelopment in Wigan. The proposed scheme will see the existing 440,000 sq ft shopping centre transformed to provide opportunities for the local residents with sustainable housing, community facilities and great new public spaces.Wigan Council will work with BCEGI and Cityheart to agree the final details of the development with construction expected to start in early 2022 with an anticipated completion date of 2025.
The redevelopment will create 475 construction jobs and a further 190 jobs when the scheme opens. Galleries25 has committed to recruiting local people to the jobs, including 25 apprentices annually, providing work experience and education visits and to supporting the local supply chain through spend of £52m. Around 864 volunteer hours will also be donated to the voluntary sector.