Date: January 30, 2024 9:05 am

Bolton Market –Rejuvenating a Hub of the Community

Bolton Market –Rejuvenating a Hub of the Community

Revitalising a Community Hub

We’re proud to be part of regeneration projects and Bolton Market is one of them. Providing the mechanical services to rejuvenate this hub of the community. The project comprised not only of a refurbishment, but an extension too, creating a new food hall and an improved area to house independent traders.

Backed by an approx.  £5.5m government ‘Town Fund’, this was a major renovation for the marketplace. As one of the oldest UK food markets, Bolton Market has many Grade II elements, which needed to be considered within this refurbishment.

Managed by the main contractor Seddon Construction, in addition to the refurbishment the extension was to provide a fully enclosed area. This would house a variety of new and diverse trading units, offering an array of different food stalls and shopping outlets.

The new marketplace has created a place for the local community to eat, shop and socialise. With a diverse local community that includes university students, it’s a great destination to meet.

Project development

This project ran over approx. 12 months. During this time, it was imperative that the existing traders were able to trade throughout the refurbishment and the building of the new extension.

We’re pleased to say that with the excellent communications between Seddon Construction, the major contractor managing this project, Bolton Town council, the traders and all collaborative contractors, including Gilks, the project was completed on time with no disruption to the trading days of the traders.

The project saw the refurbishment and new extension progress simultaneously. As with any new build, it was subject to disruption due to unpredictable weather, but with careful management, the two elements of this project progressed to meet the opening date deadlines.

Delivering the mechanical services

For Gilks, as an approved contractor our remit was to manage and supervise the complete mechanical services installation for this project. This included HVAC systems, pumps, doors and water heaters throughout the new extension.

Management and installation of mechanical aspects, included:

      • Boosted cold mains system
      • Hot water systems
      • Heating and ventilation systems
      • AC systems
      • Natural vent systems
      • Control systems (access controls etc.) including wiring
      • Decommissioning of gas control unit and installation of new one

Handling the Unknown

Within the planned area of the building extension, it was identified that there was an existing gas pipe running underground.

To meet regulations, the pipework needed to be re-routed, so it didn’t run underneath the footprint of the new extension. Gilks were able to de-commission the existing gas control unit.

The Gas Board then managed the re-routing of the pipework. Once re-routed, Gilks installed the new gas control unit.


We’re pleased to say, once again working with the main contractor Seddon Construction, the contract was delivered on time and to budget.

Providing a multi-functional central space for locals

It was part of the council’s objectives that the new market hall development would have several functions: a place to shop but also to enjoy food and socialise. The marketplace offers that and can continue to be a central hub for the town, but as a modern, and up to date facility.

Whether it’s a refurbishment or a new build, Gilks can support all your electrical and mechanical services. Working across a range of industries, including public sector, education, care homes, warehousing and retail spaces, we have the experience and qualified team to support your project.

With over 60 years of experience, Gilks are the ideal electrical and mechanical engineering business to assist with your regeneration and refurbishment projects. Contact our team to discuss your project requirements further.

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All images copyright of Seddon Construction and illustrated in Seddon’s promotional video, which can be viewed here.

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