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Jardine Motors Group to develop new Oldham Audi dealership

Jardine Motors Group is expected to submit plans to build a new Audi dealership in Oldham after reportedly completing negotiations over a former hospital site.

Oldham Council has brokered a deal on behalf of the NHS, subject to planning approval, to bring the £8m development to a site formerly occupied by the Westhulme Hospital, off Chadderton Way, Oldham, according to business website Place North West.

It reported that the proposals were rubber-stamped at a Cabinet meeting in July last year and plans are expected to be submitted for the 17-car showroom – complete with a 24-bay service workshop and full aftersales and pre-delivery inspection service centre – in the coming weeks.

Development of plans for the new Jardine site come eight months after a roof collapse at the group's Milton Keynes Audi dealership stalled the building of Lookers' Wearside Audi operation, which was being developed bythe same firm, BDB Design and Build Ltd.

Work on Wearside Audi was halted and the building dismantled last summer - only recommencing last month - after concerns were raised about the steel frame construction employed by BDB.

The Wearside site, originally Benfield’s but now part of Lookers, had been due to open in the autumn.

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