Caddick, Eric Wright Group, and Seddon have all been shortlisted to deliver Himor’s Carrington Gateway as the developer paves the way for a mixed scheme of 725 homes and 1m sq ft of commercial space, said to be one of the largest projects of its type in the North West.
Work has now started on site on preparing the 1,680-acre estate for redevelopment, formerly home to the Shell petrochemical works in Carrington.
Simon Carves Engineering has been appointed by Himor to carry out enabling works, and the first part of the wider development is due to get under way later this month.
Dubbed Carrington Gateway, the first phase features 220,000 sq ft of industrial development – Eric Wright, Seddon, and Caddick are all understood to be on the shortlist for the project, with an appointment expected in the coming weeks. This project includes six units ranging from 11,000 sq ft to 104,000 sq ft fronting Manchester Road. AEW is the architect for this part of the scheme.
Carrington Gateway will be followed by a further 725 homes, more than 750,000 sq ft of additional commercial space, and 10,000 sq ft of retail.
Himor has held a ground-breaking ceremony for the project – although a contractor has yet to be appointed – which was attended by Stretford and Urmston MP Kate Green, leader of Trafford Council Cllr Andrew Western, and Himor executive chairman Will Ainscough, who said: “The journey towards realising the long-term vision for Carrington starts now.
“Over the next 18 months, we’ll be putting the building blocks in place for the site’s rebirth as a vibrant new community, first with the Gateway commercial scheme and then Carrington Village, a new residential development.”
Western added: “Future Carrington is an important location for the future of Trafford as the single largest regeneration scheme in the North West of England. It has the potential to create nearly 15,000 new jobs and up to 7,000 much needed new homes for the wider city region for many years to come. It is a testament to the strong partnership built up between the Council and Himor.”
Himor’s plans for the area were last year subject to a legal battle with rival developer Peel, which called for a judicial review into the planning consent last year. Peel’s concerns centred around its belief that Himor should contribute to the Western Gateway Improvement Scheme, but its appeal against Trafford Council was dismissed by the High Court.