Sport & Leisure, Retail

Pioneer Place, Burnley


Boosting Burnley’s cultural and social offer through
leisure-led mixed-use regeneration.

We have collaborated with Maple Grove and Burnley Borough Council to create proposals for a new leisure-led town centre extension on a vacant site on Curzon Street, Burnley. We originally secured planning approval for the site in January 2020 but, because of market changes brought about by Covid-19, have worked closely with the project partners to revise our proposals to provide a flexible new leisure development which responds to current needs.

We are extremely proud have collaborated with Maple Grove and Burnley Borough Council on this landmark project, to help revitalise the town centre and make it an attractive place for people to work, live, visit and invest. The high-quality scheme will raise Burnley’s profile as a leisure destination and enhance its night-time economy. We have worked on a range of different town centre regeneration schemes including Bolton, Chorley, and Stockport, where we have used our expert retail, leisure and masterplanning knowledge to provide long term, sustainable solutions to breathe new life into local towns and high streets.

Bernard Lam Associate

The proposed development will be anchored by a new multi-screen cinema with five new food and beverage units and associated customer parking, landscaping and public realm. It is hoped that the smaller units will attract local business and family-orientated facilities such as restaurants and cafes. Providing future flexibility, the units would also be suited to retail use should demand change.

The high-quality building designs, materials and enhanced public realm, including a new public square, will act as a focal point, enhance the arrival experience into Burnley, and improve legibility and connectivity throughout the town centre.

This is another step forward in helping to secure Burnley’s future as a thriving centre with an attractive shopping offer during the day, and a vibrant night-time economy. It’s about planning for a better future and part of wider work to prepare the way for business recovery post Covid-19. Having a multi-screen cinema in the town centre, along with new restaurants, will help draw in more visitors which will give a wider boost to other nearby shops and businesses. It fits in well with our ambitions to see Burnley become a university town with the expansion of UCLan and Burnley College.

Councillor Mark Townsend Council Leader