We are pleased to share that we have received planning approval to support our transformation of Trinity Retail Park into our new Greenworks site.
A planning application was submitted to Bolton Council for change of use to two of the four units to allow for the creation of Greenworks - a green technology, business, skills and education centre and a community Humanitarian Hub.
The application also included external alterations to all four units to include replacement of the render and cladding, installation of a living green wall and reconfiguration of the car park to facilitate electrical charging points with a solar canopy, air source heat pumps and cycle shelters.
Greenworks is a project by Bolton at Home in partnership with Urban Outreach. Our vision is to achieve a sustainable net-zero carbon future for Bolton and beyond. The site will become part of our plans to invest in supporting local people to learn new skills and find work in the construction and energy industries.
Work will commence on site in the coming months, with adaptations to one of the units to facilitate the delivery of a new Humanitarian Hub delivered by Urban Outreach. This work will also explore sustainable food growing, hydroponics and composting to support the borough’s community food response.
We are also working on designs for our internal spaces to ensure the building delivers our requirements for sustainability, carbon reduction, technology and training, power, lighting and Wi-Fi.
Our plans include developing a training centre for businesses to learn the latest skills in green technologies, which will become commonplace in retrofitting and housebuilding. We’re also exploring building a modular training house to help people develop their trades in a real environment. The site will also provide carbon-literacy and carbon-reduction training.
Our Greenworks centre of green excellence will provide carbon-literacy and carbon-reduction training and opportunities for local businesses to use the space for training, upskilling and collaboration.
It will also complement Bolton at Home’s existing employment and enterprise offer to local tenants and residents by helping to establish new green business and create new jobs.