Step Places

Step Places has been chosen by Wigan Council, in partnership with the Canal & River Trust, to take forward Wigan’s flagship regeneration site with a world class vision to transform the historic Pier area into a striking modern visitor destination that will include residential and retail.


Wigan Pier is a historic site on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in central Wigan. The internationally recognised Pier is set to become a connected, beautiful and unique new neighbourhood. We want to create a vibrant mixed use leisure destination building on the past and delivering a bright new future for this area of national importance.

It was originally a coal loading jetty where wagons would unload coal on to canal barges. It became famous through a music hall joke by George Formby Snr and through its appearance in the title of George Orwell’s graphic description of the plight of the English working class in the early 20th century.

In 2014 Wigan Council announced the start of a 10 year regeneration programme to create a ‘New Road to Wigan Pier’. The three former industrial buildings on the Pier which will be transformed include The Warehouse, The Orwell former public house and the Education Centre.