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Radcliffe Civic Hub

Architecture

Working closely with Bury Council and CBRE, Aew have led the development of proposals for a new civic hub in the heart of Radcliffe in support of the Council’s £40m Levelling Up Fund bid.

    Our plans propose a new purpose-built, high-quality development including wet and dry leisure, library, and learning facilities, as well as office accommodation for council and NHS services. The hub will also offer retail units, food and beverage outlets and community events space.

    The refurbishment of the Radcliffe market basement, the adjacent market chambers building, the realignment of the public plaza and access to the river via a new balcony also form part of the bid and are key components of the scheme.

    The chambers will provide a mix of retail, food and beverage and co-working space with views over the river. The market basement will provide much needed events space for the Market unlocking the potential for the already highly successful market to expand its offer and cater for events it currently struggles to accommodate. The public realm will be redesigned to allow for external events and spill out for the proposals. New food and beverage space opposite the market will front a widened public realm activating this currently functional link.

    The building’s form, design and materiality have been carefully considered to bring a bespoke modern focal point to the centre, which is context driven, to create a street scene which is distinctively Radcliffe.

    The council is expected to learn the outcome of its bids in autumn 2021.

    We are hugely excited and privileged to have been involved in this ambitious scheme. It is yet another example of a local authority taking control of the destiny of its towns to halt the decline of the high street with a game changing, innovative public facing building. The proposal seeks to kickstart the ambitious SRF masterplan by providing a new purpose built, 360-degree development and refurbishing underutilised existing building stock both seeking to compliment and build on the success of the rejuvenated Radcliffe Market. A reimagined library offering, enhanced public services, flexible community space and fully accessible state of the art leisure facilities alongside coworking and event space will help drive ‘whole day’ footfall into the area benefiting other local businesses and breathing life into the town.

    Phil Hepworth Director
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