Mill Gate, Bury

The vision is to maintain a strong level of footfall, occupancy and keep the centre relevant to its customer base.


Mill Gate is a 400,000 sq ft community led shopping centre. At purchase the scheme was 65% let; had lacked investment for a long time  and had suffered major tenant losses with the likes of BHS and M&S.

Through targeted investment in the asset and wider stakeholder engagement, RivingtonHark’s intensive asset management has increased occupancy to 98%.  Additional assets have been bought in and RivingtonHark have introduced new anchors to the scheme creating space for TJ Hughes and B&M. We actively encourage enterprise within the local community through a targeted leasing strategy and the quality of regional and independent traders has helped the scheme improve over the last few years.

Close cooperation continues with the Local Authority over the interaction of the adjacent award winning Market, and wider improvements to the town centres where  Mill Gate sits at the heart.


Following the Government’s latest announcement, all non-essential retailers will close temporarily on Wednesday 6th January at Mill Gate as part of a national lockdown. We have implemented a range of measures which are designed to help ensure the safety and well being of visitors as well as retailer and centre staff.

Not all stores will necessarily be open immediately or may have reduced hours, so visitors are asked to check with stores or the Centre website before they make a special trip. For information on stores which are open visit

Kirsty Williams, Centre Manager explained “Shopping safely, providing social distancing guidance and ensuring high hygiene standards are all essential parts of the careful but deliberate steps that are being taken to rebuild our local economy.”

Measures adopted at the centre include:

  • A ‘Keep Left’ system throughout the Centre to maintain customer flow and enable customers to social distance with ease.
  • Retailers are also being encouraged to adopt a similar ‘Keep Left’ strategy within their stores.
  • Queuing outside the store will be managed by social distancing markers and letting customers know when they are at the end of a queue, prompting them to come back later when the store is less busy.
  • Entry to the Centre will be monitored to ensure capacities are within social distancing limits with both signage and audible messaging on the Public Address system supporting this. Any closed entrances or exits are marked with clear ‘No Entry’ signage and alternative entrance or exit locations are provided.
  • Washroom facilities will be available – including male and female toilets, disabled toilets, and baby change rooms. However, these will be temporarily closed every 15 minutes for enhanced cleaning of touchpoints.
  • Hand sanitising stations are also available throughout the Centre.
  • The car park will be operating a one-way system and only payable by card. To access the Shopping Centre from the car park, the stairwells have been converted to one way to ensure there is no crossing on staircases. The lifts are open, and guidance has been given to allow one visitor group at a time, with priority given to disabled customers.

Project Details

Services provided
Asset Management / Leasing Management / Placemaking / Ideation / Financial Management

InfraRed Capital Partners


Mix of Uses



Car park

Public Realm

Food & Beverage


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