Urban Green, Heaton Group, P.Victoria Haley
Leach Rhodes Walker designed the original scheme. Credit: via HuHa

Heaton Group acquires Stretford site for 176-apartments 

Dan Whelan

The Wigan-based developer has bought MCR Property Group’s Seymour Grove plot and appointed KMA Architects to rework the residential scheme. 

Heaton Group has relaunched the 16-storey development as Urban Green Manchester.  

The project, to be constructed on a car park next to Bruntwood’s Trafford Plaza office, will provide 174 one- and two-bedroom apartments. 

The original scheme, which was being delivered by MCR vehicle Hazelloch, was designed by Leach Rhodes Walker. Paul Butler Associates is now leading on planning, taking over from Roman Summer Associates.

Work has now started on site. 

MCR won planning consent for Trafford Plaza in 2017 having acquired the site from Bruntwood earlier that year. 

The developer was granted a £6m loan for the project by the GMCA two years later. 

MCR instructed Savills to market the site for sale last year. 

Urban Green 2, Heaton Group, P.HuHa

The site borders the Trafford Civic Quarter Masterplan. Credit: via HuHa

“Urban Green Manchester will cater for a truly post-pandemic living experience, understanding more residents will be working from home and looking for alternative spaces to work,” Heaton Group said. 

In addition to the apartments, the scheme will provide an exclusive residents’ lounge, shared working space, and coffee pod. 

“This is our third Manchester scheme and a great opportunity for the business,” said John Heaton, managing director of Heaton Group. 

“The location of this site is superb, with a 10-minute walk to Chorlton or Media City and a 10-minute tram ride into the city centre. With such significant development being carried out in the area, we are confident that Urban Green will be a welcomed neighbour to the vision of this new and vibrant neighbourhood.”  

The site borders the Trafford Civic Quarter Masterplan, which includes Lumina Village, a project being delivered by Bruntwood that could feature up 750 homes, 200,000 sq ft of offices, a 100-bedroom hotel and a primary school. 

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Hope they got a good deal. Savills were punting this round the market at ridiculous prices for the last 3 years.


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I think a ten min walk from Stretford Mall to Media City is optimistic – more like 45 mins….

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