Police office becomes nursery with Mosaic’s help

Simon Donohue

Mosaic Town Planning has successfully gained change of use permission for a former Greater Manchester Police office building which will now be used as a children's day nursery.

Mosaic undertook an employment land assessment which demonstrated that there was no need for The Fiddes Building in Talbot Road, Old Trafford to be retained for office purposes.

The building had been on the market for office use for more than 12 months with no demand from end-users for use as offices.

Mosaic, Manchester, acted on behalf of the building's owner, MW Holdings.

Mosaic consultant Daniel Whitney said: "The nursery will create approximately 25 jobs and provide a benefit to the wider economy by giving parents the opportunity to put their children into care which subsequently allows them to go back into employment.

"The nursery will therefore not compromise the surrounding employment uses and operations of neighbouring users.

"A need was also established for a day nursery in this location that would bring a number of benefits to the area, including the re-use of a vacant and deteriorating building within a prominent location at the junction of White City Way and Talbot Road.

"The nursery will be able to cater for up to 100 children at any one time and is intended to open by spring 2014."

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