As demolition work at Stretford Mall gets under way, proposals have been put forward to knock down O’Briens at the site’s southern end, despite claims earlier this year the pub would be retained.
Demolition contractor Connell Brothers has already started work on the project, which focusses on improving access, a new entrance, updated facades, and green spaces fronting Chester Road. These initial plans, given approval in December last year, proposed to cut the size of the mall by around 49,000 sq ft.
It was initially suggested that O’Briens would be retained as part of the plans, but now documents lodged with Trafford Council show the pub will be demolished, with only a substation being kept in place. The pub had raised three objections to the original planning application for the demolition before it was approved in 2017.
With the addition of the demolition of O’Briens, the works are expected to remove around 61,000 sq ft from the development, and the demolition programme is expected to complete in December 2019.
Designed by architect Pozzoni, the retained elements of the buildings will be re-clad and improved with a mixed brick and metal façade, with the main entrance providing direct access to the main square at the centre of the Mall and designed to give a more active frontage to Chester Road.
The mall’s owner, M&M Asset Management, said there would be no changes to current access arrangements within the retained mall building, while access to these units will not be impacted while works are ongoing.
As of last year, the mall had a vacancy rate of 48%, while footfall fell from 6.1m in 2008 to 3.7m in 2016. However, Stretford Mall has seen a handful of openings in the past three years, with JD Sports and PureGym both taking space.