Plan for open air rooftop bar in Wigan town centre

An open air bar like the one proposed in Wigan
An open air bar like the one proposed in Wigan

These images may reveal what the upper floor of a popular Wigan nightspot may look like if a bid for a major revamp is given the green light.

Council officers are currently mulling over a bid to transform Revolution on King Street so that it gets an open-air bar serviced by a retractable roof.

Al Fresco entertainment

Al Fresco entertainment

A consultation period for the plan ends this week and design documents submitted to the town hall state the operation of the stylish roof will be “simple and quick.”

The Wigan Post revealed details of the potential expansion last month but it will have to receive both planning and licensing approval before construction can take place.

The latter may prove more difficult than the former given the council’s new guidelines regarding liquor licences.

Although Revolution already holds an alcohol licence, a fresh application may have to be submitted in relation to the new first floor bar, due to change in circumstances for the existing licence.

This would fall under the jurisdiction of the council’s cumulative impact policy (Cip).

Introduced in 2016, it means officers adopt a default “no” position on applications in the town centre unless applicants can show it will not impact on existing anti-social behaviour problems.

Planning documents, which include the example images, for the revamp read: “The existing (first floor) staff accommodation is currently, and has been for years, an unused area.

“It is an opportunity to provide a bar/function room with the added attraction of a retractable roof.

“The technology of these roofs has greatly advanced over the last few years with many bar and restaurant operators utilising these systems to create an external terrace area, usable all year round.”