McGoff and Patrick Properties form JV for Trafford scheme
The two developers are working to transform the former Mercure Hotel site in Bowdon into a care facility, day nursery, townhouses, and apartments.
The hotel closed in March 2020, with the property remaining vacant since. It sits within the Bowdon Conservation Area.
Located at the junction of Langham Road and Marlborough Road, the 1.7-acre site has several buildings on it already. These include the 1871 Bowdon Hydro and Hawthorn Lea buildings.
These historic structures will be retained in Patrick Properties and McGoff Group’s plans, with the Hydro building becoming a 95-place nursery and the Hawthorn Lea buildings becoming six apartments.
Other buildings on the site, such as the one in between the historic structures, will be demolished to make the way for townhouses, green space, and a 53-bed care facility.
Under plans designed by architect Corstorphine & Wright, six townhouses would sit on the north end of the site, closer to the junction. The care facility would be on the southern end, by Marlborough Road.
The developers hope that having both nursery and care facilities on the same site will create an “innovative multi-generational hyperlocal community which brings young and old together,” according to a press release.
DEP Landscape Architectures designed the green spaces in the development, including private gardens for the townhouses, greenery around the apartments and a secure courtyard garden for the care home.
In total, there would be 20,400 sq ft of building footprint, followed by 30,600 sq ft of hard landscaping and 23,900 sq ft of soft landscaping.
Jordan Kennedy, director at Patrick Properties, described the project as “complex” and said forming the JV with McGoff Group was “absolutely the right move”.
“Together we have created a desirable multi-generational development that retains its historic charm yet boasts contemporary character,” Kennedy said.
“We viewed the historic buildings as assets, so the design was developed around those, with additional landscaping essential, all in keeping with the conservation area.”
Chris McGoff, director of McGoff Group, added that the property had been an “eyesore” in the community.
“Working with Patrick Properties on the design, along with Trafford Council, has been a lengthy but interesting process, and from this we have a devised a pioneering multi-generational development that provides a positive and long-lasting contribution to the local area,” McGoff said.
McGoff also said his company would be involved in operating both the day nursery and care home. He added that local labour and supply chains would be used in the project.
Garner Town Planning is the planning consultant for the project. Clancy Consulting is the structural and civil engineer for the scheme, while Beardmore Urban is the heritage consultant. SCP Transport provided transportation consultation services.
The application’s reference number with Trafford Council is 107877/FUL/22.