The redevelopment of Stretford Mall will feature 800 homes. Credit via CItypress

First phase of Stretford Mall regeneration tipped to progress 

Removing the roof of the shopping centre, re-establishing the former King Street thoroughfare, and developing a market hall all feature within Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council’s plans. 

Trafford Council will meet this week to determine the planning application for the first phase of the transformation of Stretford Mall. 

Officers have recommended the project be approved. Caddick Construction has been appointed to deliver the scheme on behalf of the partners. 

Bruntwood and Trafford’s detailed planning application for phase one of the Stretford Mall project follows the approval of the outline vision to redevelop the 27-acre site in March. 

Phase one features:  

  • The removal of the shopping centre’s roof to unlock the site for the recreation of King Street, a high street featuring independent shops, bars and restaurants 
  • A new covered market hall that will provide a home for retailers and food traders with the aim of boosting the local evening economy 
  • Upgrades to the existing multistorey car park and the creation of King Street Square, an outdoor public space capable of hosting events.  

The MSCP is to be reimagined under the plans. Credit: via planning documents

The design team is led by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios in collaboration with Studio Mutt, Exterior Architecture, Avison Young and Civic Engineers. Hydrock is providing M&E and fire consultancy. 

The King Street proposals are one of the projects to receive funding from the government’s £830m Future High Streets Fund. Last year, Trafford Council received £17.6m funding to regenerate and transform Stretford town centre.   

The wider Stretford Mall masterplan features:  

  • Up to 800 residential units featuring a mix of apartments and townhouses   
  • Up to 140,000 sq ft of commercial space    
  • Up to 30,000 sq ft of space that could be used as drinking establishments takeaways, theatres, cinemas, and cafes    
  • Up to 7,750 sq ft for learning and non-learning institutions     
  • Up to 25,800 sq ft for local community use.   

To learn more about phase one of the Stretford Mall project, search for reference number 107558/FUL/22 on Trafford Council’s planning portal. Plans for the wider scheme can be found at 103844/HYB/21.

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Mcr certainly gets plenty of ‘levelling up’ from the government.

By Eric

More for the southerners whilst leaving Stretfordians struggling to afford rent.

By Danny Collins

There won’t be any businesses that will be able to afford to open by the time this is ready for occupation due to current energy costs, interest rates etc.
I can envisage a not quite finished project due to substantial increase in materials costs since the contract was awarded.

By Sbt

Why wasn’t anyone consulted on this?

By The voice of reason

Yep great, loads of Bars and Restaurants people won’t be able yo afford to go to.


I’m really excited about this and can’t wait to see the transformation begin !!! I would like yo see, all new buildings, having to provide, wild areas of grasses and plants on roofs. I feel this would be a brilliant idea for All new buildings everywhere!!!

By Mimi

go fo it time for change. i am 67yrrs time to move with the time

By ann van gelderen

Hi Eric, Stretford isn’t in Manchester, never has been, never will be. The city is Blue.

By Rob

Urmston is still waiting for their new upgrade of a market and homes!!

By Anonymous

Plans have less retail space then there is currently.
So basically Stretford is getting another housing estate.
Add to that rising costs and is this really the best way to spend public funds.


Yes I can foresee a half fineshed project, leveling up, leveling out more like,we will be probably left with waste ground,no money in the pot ,yes the future is getting clearer by the minute.

By Mrs vinent

About time, but Chester Road needs to be an underpass to make this an attractive location otherwise it is like relaxing next to a motorway, not great. An alternative would be a big living bridge linking spaces either side of Chester road.

By Rebecca Yates

I can’t wait for this. Hopefully will be too expensive for the locals so I can bring my London friends along

By Pomoaner

As a long time Stretford resident this will benefit developers and investors but not local people. They will not be able to afford even the so called affordable housing.

By S Beirne

Why don’t they remodel stretford and keep in under one roof instead of being outside

By Anonymous

Fantastic. Just what Stretford needs. Hope it doesn’t damage Chorlton

By Annie

Are Chorlton and Stretford Malls not an example of over development? (I’ve only ever known them both as pretty run down and I’ve lived in GM for 10 years). Rather than two struggling malls, surely one striving one would be better; they’re really not that far away from each other.

One is in a bustling town and one is next to what is essentially a motorway so it seems like the obvious choice for which one to focus on.

By Outside observer

It looks great but we have seen these plans before numerouse times so is’nt about time you got started or soon there will be no shopping centre at all. You show the plans but there is no people working there.

By Brenda Briggs

Why do they have to take the roof off? Do they know how much it rains in this area,? Like the area needs more bars and restaurants
What we need is affordable shops, not an expensive housing development.

By Anonymous

Why don’t they start by moving the cone city down main road. So called social distancing bike lanes. Those were put in without consultation and nearly 3 years later they remain. At that pace, I predict Stretford works to be completed by 2058. By then we will all have frozen to death due to energy costs. Or starved.

By Stretfordamus

I look forward to the Traffic chaos when they reduce Kingsway to single lanes without considering how the traffic that currently uses the route to get to Chorlton will be affected.

By Mike Wardle

I’ve lived here for over 30 years and taking the roof off is a huge mistake. When it rains the arndale is busy because people don’t want to get wet. The proposed houses are matchbox sized and are not suitable for families which is what we should be attracting

By Anonymous

Great scheme, about time something was done and besides the odd ‘I don’t like redevelopment and investment because I only like Greggs’ types we also had commenting on the Wythenshawe investment it should be universally approved.

By Anonymous

If you went to the mall you will know that there many consatations already. The mall is not your thing!!

By To the voice of reason

I think for most Stretfordians, Stretford Mall will always have a stigma attached to it. It’s good that it’s being redeveloped, and there are a lot of people that have moved to Stretford from outside areas that don’t attach that stigma to it, and see it’s potential, and can help and support that particular part to re identify itself and extend it’s appeal to a wider demographic. Im probably one of those Old Stretfordians that does find it hard to break away from my entrenched view of Stretford Mall, but you have to have an open mind towards these things if you ever want to believe you may benefit in some way.

By Anonymous

Stretford is a depressing little town, blighted by the three lane road, running through it and the dump which is the Arndale. Anything is better than how it looks now. Unlike Urmston and Sale, which have relatively wealthy populations, Stretford does not, so will this work in Stretford? Prestwich has successfully regenerated itself but it is more attractive and has nice parks. This is a risky venture in Stretford.

By Elephant

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