Cert and Heatley plot 129 flats in Stretford

The developers have submitted plans for four blocks of apartments at the Royal Canal Works site near Stretford Mall, replacing a previous approval.

The application submitted to Trafford Council proposes a low-rise development of four residential blocks ranging in height from three to five storeys and containing a total of 129 flats.

Manchester developer Cert Property and Lymm-based Heatley Developments acquired the Royal Works site in a 50:50 joint venture known as RCW Stretford, and in 2017 secured consent from the council to build 47 homes there.

The site is located off Edge Lane, a narrow 1.7-acre strip of land between the Metrolink line and the Bridgewater Canal on the opposite bank to the Royal Mail sorting office.

The latest proposal, which replaces the previous 47-home scheme, has been designed by Elevate Architects and takes Art Deco influences from the nearby Essoldo cinema, as well as influences from the site’s industrial heritage, according to the developers.

The scheme comprises one- and two-bedroom apartments in the blocks, located adjacent to Stretford Metrolink station and a short walk from Stretford town centre and Stretford Mall, which itself is undergoing a rejuvenation.

The apartments offer views over the canal and private terraces, and the scheme also features a landscaped external space running along the canal, to be used by residents.

Howard Lord, managing director of Cert Property, said: “We are really excited by this project and the design, which delivers a really high-quality contemporary offer for the area.

“It’s a fantastic location for young professionals and families who want to live in a pleasant suburban environment with plenty of green space, facilities and amenities nearby, but still with an easy commute to the city centre and beyond.”

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The apartment blocks run alongside the Bridgewater Canal

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