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In Social Value

Winter 2024


Spindles Town Centre

Delivering transformational scheme for Oldham town centre regeneration.

Our town centre regeneration skills are being utilised by another local authority as Oldham Council appoints the company as the main contractor for the Spindles Town Square redevelopment.

It follows similar transformation work in the North West in Rochdale and Stockport, and will see the company demolish the former TJ Hughes unit as part of a wider masterplan to create a 450,000 square foot development that will be home to a new market, flexible offices, event space and heritage archive.

Councillor Arooj Shah, Oldham Council Leader, said:

“I am delighted to announce Willmott Dixon as our construction partner for the redevelopment of Spindles. They’re a hugely experienced company whose northern headquarters are based in the borough – so they know first-hand the importance of this project and the positive change it is going to bring to our town.”
“They share our ambition to make Oldham a place we can all be proud of and have committed to delivering over £10m in social value – all of which will benefit local people and businesses.”

Anthony Dillon, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the north, said:

“As an Oldham-based company, we are really proud to be appointed to continue to play our part in shaping the future of the town centre alongside Oldham Council. Our focus is all about how we can deliver brilliant buildings, transform lives, strengthen communities and enhance the environment so our towns are fit for future generations.”
“Our role here means that the Spindles Town Square redevelopment will be built for the people of Oldham by the people of Oldham, and we will work with our local supply chain partners to create sustainable employment opportunities and a lasting positive legacy in this community.”

Local social value

The company will also deliver a £10m social value package as part of its ‘Upskilling in the Community’ plan that aims to create local jobs, economic growth and social mobility. With Spindles, Willmott Dixon will help to create 16 local jobs with Willmott Dixon– two of which will go to long-term unemployed residents.

It is also committed to spending £9m with the local supply chain and over £500k with Oldham’s micro, small and medium enterprises, as well as carry out a full refurbishment of the Fitton Hill Community Facility and support local charities and organisations to make a difference in the community.

The demolition of TJ Hughes will pave the way for a brand-new split-level Tommyfield Market which will be developed with retail stalls linking to the shopping mall and a dedicated food and drink area linking to Parliament Square. It will also include an event space above the new market, a new archive centre and new co-working space for entrepreneurs and start-ups.

The project was procured through the Procure North West Framework and subject to approvals, the main building works is expected to get underway later this year with the full redevelopment scheduled to complete towards the end of 2024.


  • Home to a new market, flexible offices, event space and heritage archive.
  • 16 local jobs with Willmott Dixon– two of which will go to long-term unemployed residents.
  • Committed to spending £9m with the local supply chain.




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