Citybranch is aiming to start work on the redevelopment of Altrincham’s Regent Road car park in the autumn, while another former office building in the town has been snapped up for a residential conversion.
The developer is planning to build 70 apartments across two five-storey blocks on the site, currently home to a car park, and will also provide a 300-space multi-storey car park, again set over five storeys.
There will also be 9,500 sq ft of retail, café, restaurant or commercial space on the ground floor of both blocks, fronting Regent Road, New Street, and a new public square.
Trafford Council approved the proposals on 8 March, and Citybranch director Adam Gross said he was looking to start on site in the last quarter of 2018. A main contractor is yet to be appointed.
The professional team on the project includes Planit IE as landscape architect, Civic Engineers as transport consultant, How as planner, Turley as heritage consultant, and Project 3 as architect.
Adding to the flurry of residential development in the town and its surroundings, the grade two-listed Old Lloyd Chambers building on Manchester Road has been snapped up for £395,000.
The 5,300 sq ft building opposite Halfords near Altrincham Retail Park was home to insurance firm UK & Ireland Services but has been empty since the company relocated to Anchorage Court on Altrincham’s Century Park.
The five-storey building will be turned into flats by its new owner, understood to be Altrincham-based investor Cherry Tree.
UK & Ireland was represented by Regional Property Solutions, and director Daniel Lee said: “This acquisition reflects the success of Altrincham’s regeneration initiatives and the growing popularity of converting offices to residential use under permitted development rights for change of use.
“This trend has certainly taken off in Altrincham with a number of projects already completed in the town centre with more in the pipeline as well as new schemes across the area to satisfy the demand as the success of the town’s rejuvenation fans out from the centre.”