Novo Brown Street Hale July 2018

Novo and CPUK picked for £6m Hale regeneration

Charlie Schouten

Trafford Council has chosen Novo and CPUK as development partners to deliver a £6m regeneration of the Brown Street car park in Hale, Altrincham, which will feature 22 new homes and a multi-storey car park.

Novo and CPUK were chosen by the council as development partner following a procurement process launched last December, and will deliver a comprehensive overhaul of the council-owned car park, next to Hale station.

This is set to feature 10 townhouses fronting Brown Street and an apartment block of 12 homes, as well as a multi-storey car park to the rear.

The 12 homes are designated as affordable and will be available under shared ownership, with the development team understood to be in discussions with two registered providers for this element of the project.

The townhouses feature gardens to the rear while the car park will have cycle parking and electric charging points. Overall, more than half of the homes at the development will be designated as affordable.

This is ahead of the council’s original remit, set out in December, which aimed for a 40% provision of affordable homes on the site.

Novo and CPUK will work alongside a professional team including Planit-IE; architect Project3; Civic Engineers; M&E consultant Project23; project manager AA projects; and Nexus Planning.

A planning application is currently being drawn up and will be submitted in the next two months.

Cllr James Wright, executive member for investment, regeneration and strategic planning, said: “Through developing this site we are able to invest into the existing car park facility, improving its services and security for the public, whilst offering a significant improvement to the landscape of Hale Town Centre.

“By working in collaboration, the Council is able to get better value from land that it owns as well as providing affordable housing so that a good mix of uses are provided. We are thrilled with the results from Novo and CPUK and appreciate the support through this process.”

Managing director of Novo, Ben Fearns, said: “The remit set out by Trafford was to provide a balanced approach to the site, to enhance and future proof the existing parking facility, whilst providing a mix of residential properties with a high percentage of affordable housing.

“We feel like we have achieved all of this, without comprising on design quality or overdeveloping the site. The results of the team speak for themselves and we now look forward to submitting the planning application and delivering the scheme with Trafford and CPUK.”

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