Consent for next phase of £70m Sale regen

Asset manager Altered Space, under its Maloneview SPV, has won consent to further redevelop the 60,000 sq ft The Square shopping centre in the town centre, following approval in March for a wider mixed-use scheme at the site. 

The developer’s plans for the additional Sale retail project, submitted to Trafford Council in June, include the demolition of the gates and structures on School Road, conversion of existing retail units into bars and restaurants, and further improvements to the public realm. 

Work to improve the shop fronts and convert the upper floors of retail into 7,000 sq ft of offices are also proposed, as part of the phased shopping centre redevelopment. 

The latest scheme builds on the developer’s proposals to redevelop The Square into a six-screen cinema, 37,000 sq ft of retail and leisure units, and 202 homes in Sale town centre, all designed by architect SimpsonHaugh. 

The homes will be split across two apartment blocks of 15 and 12 storeys, along with 18 townhouses along the Square’s Sibson Road frontage. 

Work on the redevelopment of The Square is expected to start early next year.

Barton Willmore is the planning consultant for the project, Exterior Architecture is the landscape architect and BDP is the structural engineer and has also provided consultancy on acoustics, civil engineering and sustainability.

Altered Space also achieved planning permission for the full refurbishment of the 14,000 sq ft Springfield House office building, part of The Square, on Springfield Road.

Canning O’Neil is the office agent for The Square and Sixteen Real Estate and LTL Property are the retail agents for The Square

Altered Space, has owned the shopping centre since 2005. 

The Square is managed by Lambert Smith Hampton Shopping Centre Management Team. 

Michael Brown, co-founder of Altered Space, said: “The scheme seeks to deliver exciting and contemporary spaces, both indoor and out, working within the fabric of the existing buildings.

“Our letting agents are already in dialogue with a number of high profile operators, reflective of the growing interest in The Square regeneration project as well as Sale town centre as a whole.”

Sale Square

The wider project includes provision for a cinema and 202 homes

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So far on this development we are very unimpressed unfortunately. Workmanship is not good on pavings etc. it’ll be costing a lot of money we are sure, but is it really worth it?? The new shops won’t last long there…. What do you think?

By Maureen Wright

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