A £35 million mixed-use regeneration project is moving closer in Hollinwood as work begins to dismantle a redundant gasholder.
The removal of the 100-year-old structure will free up further land for a scheme to deliver 30 acres of employment space, community leisure and housing.
Langtree and Oldham Council have joined forces to bring the Hollinwood Junction development to fruition, aiming to create a ‘regionally important employment destination at a key gateway site into Oldham.
The scheme is expected to create a total of 760 new jobs.
National Grid has written to businesses and residents in the area this week to make them aware of the work to dismantle the gasholder, which is being undertaken by specialist contractor Erith and is expected to be completed early in the new year.
Councillor Sean Fielding, leader of Oldham Council, says: “This is a really significant milestone in delivering what will be a remarkable asset for Oldham.
“Hollinwood Junction has already attracted a lot of interest from major brands, which is not surprising due to its excellent location. With work now beginning to clear the site we are a step closer to creating jobs, boosting the local economy and improving the appearance of the area.
“This development underpins our ambition for Oldham. We want to create a credible alternative business location to Manchester city centre, based upon better value and direct regional transport links.”
As part of Hollinwood Junction, Euro Garages has already begun to build a £2m petrol filling station on the old Roxy Cinema site, which will include a convenience store and bakery.