Construction, Regeneration

Bolton Library refurbishment

Partner: Bolton Council
Project value: £4.4m gross project sum
Completion: 2024

Bolton Central Library has undergone a £4.4m restoration and refurbishment to provide new creative and cultural spaces that modernise and adapt the building to meet changing user requirements and serve the wider needs of the community.

Strategic partnership to benefit Bolton

Through a strategic partnership with Bolton Council, Clear Futures ensured the project met their requirements, provided value for money, and was delivered within programme and budget. 

Clear Futures supported the Council in securing Levelling Up funding and procured a Tier 1 contractor. Acting on behalf of the Council, Clear Futures managed the development of the designs, cost plan and program during preconstruction; as well as managing the construction phase, and co-ordinating practical completion and handover activities.

Transformational works to respect heritage

The transformation, carried out by Robertson Construction North West has seen the Library refurbished to its original splendour.

Built in the 1930’s and part of the wider Bolton Museum, Archives and Aquarium, the parquet floor has been returned to its former glory, with new period lighting and decoration reflecting to its heritage background.

Works also included: 

  • new digital facilities,
  • fully equipped café and a refurbished seating area with bespoke joinery,
  • children and young people’s library space with dedicated areas according to age,
  • Changing Places facility,
  • and additional mezzanine floor.

Delivering improved outcomes

Bolton Library’s new modern space has been designed  to build on the core deliverables of book borrowing and computer use, while offering flexible space for a wide variety of organisations like community groups, businesses, artists, performers and others.

It will increase long-term life opportunities for residents by embedding health, digital skills and reader development as part of its operational business plan.

Significantly more footfall is expected, and people’s perceptions of the town centre are rising. The library service has already seen a dramatic increase in usage since reopening, with new and old visitors being attracted from a wider demographic. The new café area is supporting footfall not just to the library, but to the museum and aquarium as well, and is becoming a focal meeting point for local people and visitors.

Social value integrated

social value delivered
87 weeks
training opportunities
17 local people

Tier 1 contractor Robertson drove social value activities that were designed to meet the needs of the local community, including:

  • 17 people employed locally,
  • 87 weeks Training opportunities,
  • £5,000 of community support,
  • 154 hours educational sessions
  • Neighbourhood community project

Benefits for people and place

The transformational change of Bolton Library will now make a huge contribution to people and place, providing inspiration and entertainment that promotes interaction and cohesion, to attract both new and repeat visitors from a wide range of demographics and socio-economic backgrounds.

Regeneration is not just about bricks and mortar, it is about improving the lives of our residents by offering better services, experiences, and opportunities. The newly renovated Bolton Library is a perfect example of this, creating a modern, versatile, and welcoming space that offers something for all ages.

Cllr Akhtar Zaman, Deputy Leader, Bolton Council
New opportunity for the local community of Bolton
Construction, Regeneration

Bolton Market extension and refurbishment

Partner: Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
Project value: £4.2m (contract value)
Completion: 2023

Bolton Market has benefited from an extension and partial refurbishment to create a new food hall to house independent traders. It now offers a wider variety of stalls, appealing to younger shoppers and creating a space where people can meet and socialise in the evenings, which previously was not an option in the area.

This project will help improve the area for local people. The ultimate aim is to increase both the number of visitors and the amount of time they spend there. Designed to bring the community together.

Keeping the market operational throughout

Seddon endeavoured to make sure all 150 existing vendors could continue to trade at the market as live works continued on site for a 12-month period. Maintaining operation was made possible through the good relationships Seddon has with Clear Futures, the local council and the market manager. Teamwork and collaboration were key to the completion of this project.

A three-phase project

Works on Bolton Market were completed across three phases:

  • Phase 1 – construction of the outdoor market
  • Phase 2 – construction of new food hall extension
  • Phase 3 – partial refurbishment works on the market including new entrance areas, external signage , internal lighting, fire alarms and redecoration.
social value delivered
MSME spend
local people employed

Seddon drove social value activities that were specifically targeted to provide impact needed in the local community. Of the £1.325m delivered, here are some highlights:

  • 32 weeks of training opportunities for local people
  • 30 hours supporting unemployed people into work
  • 185 volunteering hours provided to support local community projects
  • 151 employees from MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) given access to wellbeing programmes
  • 29 hours of expert business advice provided to VCSEs (voluntary and community sector enterprises) and MSMEs
  • 15 local people for the duration of the contract
  • £10k of community support

Delivering improved options for local people

The 48-week programme comprised of a new outdoor market, and partial refurbishment to create a new food hall to house independent food vendors and seating for members of the public in Bolton. This will give a variety of new and diverse food options to choose from in a space designed to bring together the community. Existing traders were overjoyed with the new facility and said the overall experience was extremely positive.

  • 150 market vendors, all maintained operation throughout
  • Bolton Market is a hub of the community
  • Teamwork and collaboration were key
  • New opportunity for local community
  • Delivered on time and in budget

Bolton’s award-winning market is one of our best town centre assets, offering quality local products at great prices. As we modernise the town centre, we want the market to adapt to meet the changing needs of customers. Having more people living in the town centre will make it a more vibrant and attractive place .

– Councillor Martyn Cox, Leader of Bolton Council

Working in partnership with Clear Futures

Seddon is a Tier 1 contractor appointed to Bolton’ Council’s strategic partnership with Clear Futures. A key aim of the partnership is to generate value to the local economy. Seddon is a Bolton-based business, and a significant number of the workforce on this project are based within the Bolton postcode, which meant they had a sense of pride in completing the project.

Creating support and opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in Bolton

Transforming adult care in Bolton

Partner: Bolton Cares Ltd and Bolton Council

The Jubilee Centre is a new state-of-the-art day centre that will transform adult care services in Bolton.

Clear Futures worked in partnership with Bolton Cares Ltd and Bolton Council to deliver the project. It replaces outdated facilities, providing vital support and improving opportunities for adults with learning disabilities across the town.

Our Tier 1 contractor, Robertson delivered the new facility, working with local stakeholders to maximise opportunities for the local community during the project’s delivery.

social value delivered to Sept 2022
local people employed (FTE) on site
spent with local supply chain

The flagship centre was designed with the help of service users and their families, and includes:

  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Therapy rooms
  • Changing rooms
  • Social areas to include café areas.

Learn more about the project

The Jubilee Centre project, delivered through Clear Futures, sees our on-going positive relationship with Bolton Council continue, not only to deliver exceptional facilities for the local community but also through enhanced social value. Our work with the local supply chain is ensuring economic benefits from the project are kept local to bring further enhancement to the immediate and surrounding areas.

Beth Santangeli, Senior Business Development Manager, Robertson Construction

Grow-on space for NETPark’s science and tech entrepreneurs.
Advisory services, Commercial, Construction

North East Technology Park Phase 3 Development

Partner: Durham County Council

NETPark is one of the UK’s top science, engineering and technology parks, supporting innovative and potentially high-growth STEM businesses on their journey from concept to commercialisation.

Current facilities are world-class and include two catapult centres and three national innovation centres. The Phase 3 development provides 433,800 sq ft of new space which is geared at existing and prospective tenants on the cusp of scaling up their operations.

Durham County Council appointed Clear Futures as a strategic delivery partner to provide the expertise and additional resource needed to drive the project forward. Acting as project manager for the scheme, we have turned the initial project strategy into a solid and successful business case for Business Durham and Durham County Council and will continue to support them through delivery. 

Building occupant needs into the masterplan

Early in the project, we explored ways to build on the success of existing facilities on the science park, looking at everything from wellbeing and connectivity to delivery and distribution facilities. We engaged with tenants to hear first-hand their views on NETPark as a location for their business, their growth plans and need for space, and how that space should be configured. Creating a sustainable design within a healthy, sustainable environment was a clear priority.

Image by Ryder Architecture

The masterplan, designed by Ryder Architects, creates a holistic campus environment defined by high-quality, distinctive and flexible buildings set in a pedestrian-friendly parkland environment. Unit sizes vary and sit alongside a hub building, ancillary facilities, landscaping, sustainable drainage systems and parking.

During design development, we worked with the council’s carbon and sustainability team to ensure the design proposals factor in net zero and BREEAM building standard ambitions and policy, with the expertise of T&T Carbon team.

By creating the right environment for growth businesses at NETPark, the Phase 3 development will deliver highly-skilled employment opportunities and attract inward investment to the area.

Building capacity at Ladybridge High School through sustainable development
Construction, Education

Ladybridge High School extension

Partner: Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
Project value: £4.5m
Completion: 2020

The £4.5m expansion of the Ladybridge High School gives the school capacity to take on an additional 150 pupils and is one of the borough’s secondary schools redeveloping buildings to meet the rising demand for school places.

Instead of constructing a new building, the extension was delivered by reusing an existing and under-utilised building on site. The works have improved the fabric of the building, structural issues and upgraded electrics – bringing economies of scale and savings to the Council, and creating a vibrant environment for teaching and learning.

Driving economic, social and environmental benefits

During the project the Clear Futures team worked with Ladybridge High School and community organisations to maximise the reach and impact of social value activities, with outcomes including:

in social value
waste diverted from landfill
apprenticeship weeks

“The site demonstrates continuous improvement, particularly in relation to collaborative working with the school, supporting the community and H&S which were exceptional. Respecting the community is judged as exceptional. The site is projecting the scheme’s core objectives, promoting local opportunities and the offer of support to individuals and community groups.

– Considerate Constructors Report, January2020

  • 20 local people employed.
  • 3 weeks of work placements for local young people.
  • 40 hours of career activities for high school students.
  • 960 car miles saved through sustainable transport.
  • 112 hours of mental health training for employees and workforce.
  • Donated excess site materials to the school farm and helped pupils build animal shelters and animal exercise equipment.
  • Helped students make Christmas trees out of old pallets that were sold, with all profits donated to Bolton Hospice.
A flagship restaurant for a prime seafront location
Advisory services, Construction

The Wish Tower Restaurant, Eastbourne

Partner: Eastbourne & Lewes Councils
Project value: £2.25m

The Wish Tower Restaurant replaces a former café and adjoining sun lounge on the seafront near Eastbourne Pier. Built in the early 1960s, the café had been a popular visitor attraction. However, through poor upkeep and its coastal environment, the structure fell into disrepair and was no longer fit for purpose.

The site needed a more sustainable building, and one which allowed the adjacent 19th century Wish Tower monument to remain the dominant structure.

In December 2017, and following insufficient progress from the council’s previous partner, Clear Futures was asked to take on the project development and delivery of a new seafront restaurant with an affordability cap of £2.25m. We conducted a due diligence review of the scope definition, design work, sufficiency of the cost analysis and identification of project risks and viable solutions. This allowed us to confirm the project parameters, and give the council confidence of a design and construction programme aligned to their timeframe and budget.

Following a rigorous supply chain selection process, we appointed a local Tier 1 supply chain construction partner who guaranteed to maximise use of local SME subcontractors and suppliers to deliver the project.

Wish Tower restaurant images courtesy of Sunninghill Construction Co Ltd

Completed in 2019, the new waterfront eatery is operated by Bistro Pierre. Designed with respect for the local heritage, the dramatic roof form makes a bold statement, while extensive use of glass provides transparency and spectacular seafront views. Complete with external decking areas, the development marks a fantastic improvement to the highly visible public realm and a reason in itself to visit Eastbourne.

Wish Tower restaurant images courtesy of Sunninghill Construction Co Ltd

The new build Wish Tower Restaurant is a great example of Eastbourne Borough Council using its land to create a visitor destination, and initiate employment opportunities and local economic activity in a sustainable way.