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Published: Thursday, 31st May 2012

A public consultation event in Oldham town centre showcasing plans to regenerate the Old Town Hall has attracted public interest.

Residents were able to venture inside the historic venue for the first time since it was closed in the mid-1990s.

A series of information boards and artists impressions were on display showing plans to restore the venue as a civic ‘jewel’ and show how redevelopment could incorporate a new cinema, cafes and restaurants, and retail outlets.


People were encouraged to quiz officers about the proposals and give their views. a selection of these can be seen in this video:

New Proposals

The new proposals show how building an extension onto the Clegg Street side of the building can solve the problem of moving through the three-level building and between levels.

This extension could provide a new entrance and foyers to the cinema areas, overlooking a new pedestrian square (replacing the current car park and roadway). It also provides an opportunity to create a new façade towards that square and the Town Square shopping centre.

The ‘Light Box’ is a new central element in the proposals. This is a translucent box providing the cinemas with attractive foyers and spaces with views out onto the new pedestrian area.

In the daytime it would provide a luminous appearance to the building and at dusk and night time - when the cinema foyers will be busiest - it would use a range of lighting effects to provide a light, active and animated street environment. 


Anyone who was unable to attend the consultation event can email any feedback or queries about the plans to invest@oldham.gov.uk before June 12, 2012.

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