Pioneer Place, Burnley
31,000 sq ft plus public realm and 226 car park spaces
Phase 1 (Pioneer Place) - June 2023. Phase 2 (Manchester Rd) - Dec 2024
Developer Partner – Burnley Borough Council
Contractor – Eric Wright Construction (Phase 1)
Architect – AEW Architects (Phase 1)
Ratcliffe Groves Partnership (Phase 2)
This £23m building investment was brought forward in partnership with the landowner and funder, Burnley Borough Council.
The scheme was split into two phases, Phase 1, Pioneer Place which was completed in June 2023 and Phase 2, the former cinema site at Manchester Road which will complete in December 2024. Detailed planning consent was secured for Pioneer Place in April 2021 and for Manchester Road in August 2021.
The scheme, anchored by a new 7 screen state of the art REEL cinema, links into Curzon Street and the Charter Walk Shopping Centre, the heart of the town centre. The scheme also provides 12,500 sq ft of restaurant and café space, across 5 units. The new public realm creates a pedestrian link from Burnley College through the scheme into Curzon Street.
As well as the letting to REEL cinemas, Nandos, Heavenly Desserts, Loungers and Starbucks signed up for space at Pioneer Place.
Phase 2 will convert the former cinema building at Manchester Road into 21,000 sq ft Lidl retail store. Works on site will commence in October 2023 with a new junction onto Manchester Road and the building works for the new Lidl retail will be completed by December 2024 with Lidl opening for trade in March 2025.