The redevelopment of The Square shopping centre is underway after contractor Armstrong Projects began the first phase, featuring the creation of 7,000 sq ft of flexible workspace and improvements to public realm.
Work to revamp shopfronts and enhance public space at the Sale complex is due to complete in time for Christmas, while the offices could be ready by the end March 2021, according to asset manager Altered Space.
The office space is to be created within vacant first floor retail units and is targeted at SMEs and start-ups, under plans approved last year.
In addition, other vacant retail units in the shopping centre will be converted into food and drink, and leisure uses. Gates and structures on School Road are to be demolished to improve access to The Square.
Altered Space is leading on the £70m upgrade of the 60,000 sq ft retail complex, which features the creation of 200 homes and a cinema in later stages.
Subject to funding being agreed, this element of the project could begin in the second quarter of 2022, according to the developer.
Altered Space, through its Maloneview SPV, won consent for the mixed-use portion of the two-phase shopping centre redevelopment in March 2019.
This scheme features the demolition of part of The Square and the creation of the homes and cinema, as well as a multistorey car park and leisure space.
Both parts of the project are designed by SimpsonHaugh Architects. Barton Willmore is the planning consultant.