A new Market Quarter is planned for Altrincham town centre with refurbished marketplace, improved streets, new library, housing and independent shops and bars.
The £15m project was unveiled for public consultation this week by Altrincham Forward, Trafford Council and local developer Citybranch.
Citybranch is the preferred developer of the new Altrincham Hospital. The existing hospital site between Greenwood Street and Market Street will be regenerated. Part of the site will become home to the new library with a pedestrianised space between the library and the market. The remainder of the site will be redeveloped into a mix of residential, small retail and leisure units and possibly a boutique hotel.
The services offered by the existing hospital in Altrincham will continue uninterrupted and transfer to the new hospital being built on Railway Street.
The plans include the restoration of the listed Market House, removing unnecessary street clutter, improving movement around the town. Landscape architects Planit-IE and urban design engineers Stockleys have been commissioned to assess the ways in which the wider town centre could be improved to take advantage of its assets.
The proposed refurbishment of the market is planned to start in summer 2013, with an initial completion date of December 2013. The relocation of the library is proposed to take place in summer 2014.
The proposals for Altrincham, and artist's impressions of the new Market Quarter will be on display at Altrincham Library until, the end of November. The plans and proposals will also be displayed in shop windows on George Street and New Stamford Road, and in Altrincham Town Hall.