Space formerly occupied by Marks & Spencer in the town centre could be redeveloped into 32 apartments, while a former warehouse in Church Street has been put forward for conversion.
Adar Investments is promoting the plans for the ex-M&S store. Abutting the Ladysmith shopping centre, the building faces onto Ashton-under-Lyne’s market square, across from the covered market and town hall. Poundland occupies the ground floor, but the upper floors have remained empty since M&S departed in 2011.
In a scheme designed by Prestwich-based Debtal Architecture, the develop proposes a shared rooftop garden for 18 one-bedroom and 14 two-bedroom apartments.
According to Debtal’s design & access statement, “the first and second floors are very long and wide and as the footprint was designed for a retail occupier, it does not easily suit a conversion into residential apartments.”
Part of its plan to innovate with the space, it said, is to create three courtyards within the scheme: “The proposal is to create large inner terraces/courtyards within the structure of the space, which will give natural light and private amenity space to the new apartments. The size of the new terraces will protect the privacy of neighbouring properties so no apartments will have windows that look directly into neighbouring properties.”
A short distance away in the town centre, at 4-10 Church Street, Manchester-based Real Estate Aventor, advised by Serviam Planning, intends to convert former warehouse space to 31 apartments – at this stage, 10 one-bedroom, 16 two-bedroom, with five yet to be confirmed. James Campbell Associates is the architect.
The schmes come foerward as Greater Manchester’s towns look to reposition town centre builings away from a focus on retail towards a more lifestyle-oriented offer, with Stockport being the most notably ambitious, with live schemes including the conversion of BHS and Glenbrook’s Stok, a redevelopment of the old M&S store.
Both applications have been lodged with Tameside Council, with a date yet to be set for determination.