Go-ahead for Bruntwood and Trafford’s Stretford Mall vision  

A joint venture between the developer and the council wants to revitalise a 27-acre chunk of a Manchester suburb, delivering 140,000 sq ft of commercial space and 800 homes around the ageing retail complex.

Trafford Council voted on Thursday to approve the joint venture’s project, firming up the future of the ageing Stretford Mall. The scheme will benefit from almost £18m of Future High Streets funding. 

The planning approval is a huge milestone for Trafford Council as we can now start work to redevelop the town centre for the whole community to enjoy,” said Cllr Andrew Western, leader of Trafford Council. 

With the high street at the centre of the plans, the masterplan will also help attract local independent businesses and exciting retail and hospitality brands, while hugely enhancing the lives of residents and visitors. We are very proud to be giving this incredible scheme the green light.” 

Overall the project will see the delivery of: 

  • 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.   
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Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Studio Mutt are advising on design. Credit: via Citypress

The first phase of the project, for which Bruntwood has launched a £12m contractor search, features:  

  • The removal of the roof over the existing shopping mall, thereby recreating King Street and King Street Square,   
  • The refurbishment of retail units    
  • Demolition of units on the southern leg of the existing mall to enable the creation of Little King Street   
  • Repurposing of the ground floor of the existing multistorey car park to create additional retail units   
  • The creation of a covered market hall containing multiple F&B units with additional units opening onto Little King Street    
  • Demolition of the car park’s external vehicle ramp and construction of a replacement between ground and first floor levels   
  • Public realm improvements. 

“Through these plans, the high street will become the beating heart of the town and create a dynamic and entrepreneurial district that promotes collaboration and community,” said Andrea George, town centre and consumer brands director at Bruntwood. 

“It’s fantastic to have achieved this milestone so that we can now move ahead with our plans and start delivering a positive evolution of Stretford for its people.” 

The project team for the Stretford Mall scheme comprises architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Studio Mutt, structural engineer DW Consulting and M&E consultant Hydrock.   

LECS is the lift consultant, RLB is the principal designer and Richard Boothroyd & Associates is the employer’s agent.   

Exterior Architecture is the landscape architect and Buro Four is the project manager. Avison Young is advising on planning and Civic Engineers is the transport consultant. 

The find out more about this application, use reference number 103844/HYB/21 on Trafford Council’s planning portal. 

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Can’t wait for 800 more houses on the main arterial Road into Manchester. Added to the Itron development further down I’m sure there will be no extra congestion on Chester Road

By The voice of reason

So plzed, the carbuncle Of Stretford, is being re vamped. Stretford is a lovely friendly place. 3 cheers to TC, and Burntwood.

By Sue Edge

“voice of reason” – a corridor which includes a high frequency tram routes, multiple buses per hour, and a cycle lane. You are free to use any of these alternative options if you want to see congestion reduced. We need more homes all across GM, and we should stop at nothing to ensure these homes are delivered – least of all motorists wailing and complaning that their planet-destroying method of transport is going to be affected.

By Anonymous

We need more cars not less, electric and autonomous. Nobody actually likes public transport. Luckily Tesla has us covered. Cheap fully autonomous personal taxis . Look it up…it’s really not that far away. Clearly won’t save the planet though, not on its own. For that we need far fewer people, far fewer. But don’t worry Vladimir has us covered. If we’re not careful.

By Anonymous

I like public transport… certainly prefer it to paying £3k a year to sit in traffic trapped in a metal cage.

I get to spend the money I don’t waste on having a car on fun things like holidays, and saving up to buy a house. More people should try it – it’s a very liberating life not seeing all your money spent on boring things like MOTs and new tyres

By Anonymous

Finally. Appreciate that this will take time but the sooner the better. However…
This will be a complete folly and the benefits will not be realised unless Trafford Council do something about the A56 motorway tearing the town in two.

By sbt67

Most towns would welcome this kind of future development.

Sadly the thread has been taken over by the usual complaints over traffic. Ultimately if you drive a car into Manchester you are part of the congestion problem. I’m certainly not saying you have to ditch your car if that is your preference but you certainly can’t complain about it.

By Tomo

Usual people moaning about traffic, keeping Manchester in the 1970s motorway age. If we can’t build dense, walkable urban development next to Stretford Metrolink and bus stops, then there’s no hope. This type of development means people can contribute to the local economy, building the future of Greater Manchester without adding an extra car to the road. The fact you’ve got supermarkets, gym, offices, high schools, household stores, restaurants in one place means you don’t need to drive, meaning one less car on the road.

By Traffic Talk

Cars are better, PT is full of dodgy types

By Cal

People will always prefer cars. they just make more sense thats why the vast majority use them. Future technology will see they are better and more convenient but personal transport will always be the choice of those who can afford it. Lycra is for the weekend only.

By Anonymous

The majority of people living in Manchester DON’T own a car. But they all have to live with the pollution, congestion, danger, and disruption caused by the people that do have cars. Private motoring is not a viable solution to transport in dense cities because they take up too much room to carry too few people. Buses, bike lanes, trams, and trains can carry far more people far more efficiently so it’s important that we encourage these modes as well – this will reduce congestion on the roads and make the roads less congested for those who actually do need to drive.

By Anonymous

Most people in Manchester own cars. They need them. Manchester needs them.

By Cal

I wish they would do this at the Salford Shopping Centre where I am!

By Verticality

I hope the new Manchester fares introduced by Mr Burnham do have an affect on the way transport is integrated right across Manchester. Looking at London though, the ones who have to drive will obviously continue and pass any costs on to the end user. The rest will be those who can afford whatever congestion charges , fuel hikes, etc are put in place of which there will still be many. I agree with one other above comment.Technology in the form of autonomous rented personal transport isn’t as far away as many of us might imagine. That really will be a game changer.

By Anonymous

If you look at the figures the number of young people driving is at a historical lows and even more so in cities.The future is clearly not with driving despite what middle aged car lover’s dream.New development in Greater Manchester should be focused on proximity to current and future tram and train lines.

By Bob Jones

That’s rather the point. They don’t drive quite so much when they they are young , they bus or bike quite often. We all did it. Its only as you mature, the weather seems bad, you get sick of poor connections and irregular and expensive public transport , you need to drop the kids off at school and then carry on to work, you have more money. That’s when you buy a car…when you think you need it. I’m hoping the new transport integration works even though it will take more than a few bike lanes and a cheap bus ticket to get people to change. Got to start somewhere though.

By Anonymous

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