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Some vacant retail units in the shopping centre will be converted into food and drink, and leisure uses. Credit: SimpsonHaugh

Kick-off for £70m Sale revamp

Dan Whelan

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.

Sale Square

The wider project includes provision for a cinema and 202 homes. Credit: SimpsonHaugh

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. 

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Well overdue and will be a massive improvement on the currently tired looking square. Sale has huge potential to be more than a residential area, and it will hopefully be able to fulfil that with schemes like this.

By Nick

I can’t wait for the later stages of this project, the square currently is under utilised, if they can deliver the scheme well it will be big improvement for Sale

By Anonymous

I really hope all these emerging food halls in the North West have some staying power for the good of high streets. They are an urban product at the end of the day, and like any product they have a limited life-span. With inflation and other rising overheads for the operation of food outlets, the price needs to be right so it’s affordable for the abundance of low income households in the North West. Over-priced burgers and ‘craft’ pizzas will only have a limited life-span before the high streets need something else to draw people in.

By Anonymous

Looking forward to seeing Sale being transformed so that we can enjoy this great City in Greater Manchester. Hope that the designers use Altrincham as a template.

By Gunar Menzel

Cant wait , this is well overdue

By Ann Pearson

Just hope the landlords don’t price out the quirky independents that have recently appeared, injecting a long overdue life-blood into Sale.

By MAL Tyrer