Middlebrook is the largest integrated and sustainable employment, leisure, sports and retail scheme in the UK and has also been ranked number one retail park in the UK, in the latest ‘Definitive Guide to Retail and Leisure Parks’ review by Trevor Wood Associates.
The iconic Macron Stadium lies at its heart and the equally impressive Bolton Spirit of Sport sculpture is at the principal entrance to the development.
Completed in 1996 by Orbit Developments, part of The Emerson Group, Middlebrook was a joint partnership with Bolton Wanderers and Bolton Council and has gone from strength-to-strength housing 62 high street names, restaurant and leisure facilities with over 12.5 million people visiting each year.
The site is managed and maintained on a day-to-day basis by Emerson Management Services, another division of the Emerson Group. Site and Building Managers together with Security Staff ensure the management and security levels are maintained to the highest standards.
The leisure facilities at Middlebrook includes the 12-Screen Vue multiplex cinema and a 26 lane ten-pin bowling alley at the Hollywood Bowl, a traditional pub and a variety of restaurants. Add to this a wealth of sports and leisure related shopping attractions, and Middlebrook is the venue to provide an unrivalled entertaining atmosphere.
A range of accommodation for visitors is provided by two nearby Premier Inns and the 4 star Bolton Whites Hotel. Other hotels and accommodation to meet all budgets including The Last Drop Village are located within the surrounding local area.
The Middlebrook development also includes Bolton Arena, which includes indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a 400-metre athletics track, a health and fitness centre, four synthetic pitches, a grass football pitch and a sports education theatre.
Situated approximately 18 miles to the north west of Manchester, Middlebrook enjoys enviable communication links and which have undoubtedly contributed to its success.
The development is adjacent to Junction 6 of the M61 Motorway which provides excellent connections to both the regional (M60, M62 and M65) and national (M6) motorway networks. The development also boasts its own railway station – Horwich Parkway – which provides regular services from Blackpool and Preston to Manchester city centre and Manchester Airport.
Middlebrook is also well served by regular public bus services to many of the surrounding towns and villages including: Wigan, Leigh, Chorley and, of course, Bolton with several services routed through the heart of the retail and leisure park itself.
The idea of building a sports related complex in Bolton had been an ambition of Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council for many years but without private sector backing it would remain a only dream… When Bolton Wanderers Football Club were promoted to the English Premiership in 1993 they were faced with the task of either improving their old stadium at Burnden Park or relocating to a new stadium in order to meet the health and safety requirements of the Taylor Report.
Feasibility studies showed that Burnden Park could not be converted or remodelled at a reasonable cost and therefore the decision was taken by Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council and Bolton Wanderers Football Club to move from their old stadium at Burnden Park and build a new state-of-the-art stadium at Middlebrook now called The University of Bolton Stadium.
Middlebrook has been working on making the complex a greener, more energy efficient place to shop. Since 2015 we have been delivering 100% diversion from landfill to 100% recycling of all our waste that leaves the park and have improved our lighting and energy output with LED node operated high bay and mall lighting. In 2016 all street lighting will also become LED.
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