Stretford Mall
The Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council JV acquired Stretford Mall from M&M Asset Management

Second Stretford Mall consultation to open

Dan Whelan

Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council will hold a second public consultation on the future of Stretford Mall at the end of January.

The two parties bought the mall from M&M Asset Management last year as part of their joint venture to redevelop high streets across Trafford. The £50m mall deal also included the acquisition of Altrincham’s Stamford Quarter Shopping Centre and Clarendon House.

M&M had already started to overhaul the plot, demolishing around 61,000 sq ft of vacant retail space as well as the O’Briens pub, to create improved access, updated facades, a new entrance and green spaces fronting Chester Road.

Tenants include Aldi, Boots, Clarks, Costa Coffee, Heron Foods and Holland & Barrett.

The redevelopment of Stretford Mall is part of Trafford Council’s wider Stretford Masterplan to upgrade the town centre. The project is bidding for funding from Government’s £675m Future High Streets Fund, which could see it awarded up to £25m. Other North West towns that have been selected for the second round of the fund include Carlisle, Bolton, Rochdale, Runcorn, Blackpool, Kirkham, Barrow and others.

As part of the Stretford masterplan, the council had mooted using Compulsory Purchase Order powers around Edge Lane to bring forward more development around the mall, and had also been looking to redevelop the areas around King Street and Arndale House to create a “more accessible and outward-looking town centre”.

The first public consultation event was held last November. Key themes identified included the importance of retaining and attracting more independent businesses, improvements in leisure and shopping facilities and how to make the area more accessible in the evenings.

The next consultation will take place on 25 January between 8am and 6pm.

Stretford Mall 2

A foodhall opened at the mall in 2019

Andrew Cooke, regional director for Manchester at Bruntwood Works, said: “Together with Trafford Council we have a fantastic opportunity to breathe new life into Stretford Mall and help it reach its full potential. Town centres are at the heart of our local communities and are critical to the overall success of our cities.

“In order to transform Stretford we need to engage as many people as possible in the early stages of the process. We look forward to hearing more from the local community and continuing discussions to ensure their views are factored into the exciting plans that will shape their town centre.”

Cllr Andrew Western, leader of Trafford Council, added: “Everyone accepts that change must happen and we are determined that the community should be included in the debate about how we deliver these improvement changes for the mall and the wider masterplan.”

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Although much maligned the late 1960s / early 1970s urban shopping malls do have *some* architectural significance…in the post-war and modernist categories.

Hope the correct heritage records are being kept.

By North by North-West

70s town planning and the way not to develop localities -Stretford should be a text book case of how badly things can be done
Lets hope the plans to make a ‘frontage’ to the town works. It’s a great place that has been so badly served over many decades. We need a focal ‘centre’ and offer something different for people.

By Anonymous

Level the lot please and re-introduce a street style town centre. In addition use compulsory purchase to buy all buildings from Chester Road up to the metro station as they are a complete eyesore and have been for years. Such a pity the old Esoldo can’t be levelled!

By Anon

Maybe if the shops were more affordable it would attract business. We need a clothes shop, a butchers, a pet shop, a little tea room, a market in the old B and M would be brilliant. Don’t knock it down for offices and flats

By Sharon

What is the reason for the second consultation?

By Michelle McGrath

We have nothing anymore .We could do with a large family pub with a play area and tables outside. Where people can eat and spend time together without having to travel far like the hungry horse chain or a wetherspoons. Maybe a local cinema for families to enjoy .Some decent shops as most have now moved away .Everyone used to come to Stretford now people locals included go elsewhere. Its such a shame.Housing is also a big problem no cheap affordable properties are available.

By Stretfordian

Chester Road and Edge Lane junction…. Absolutely terrible air quality. Stretford needs replanning

By Fumes

Build on the town’s heritage please. You have the Art Deco former cinema linked to the buildings on Edge Lane. The cinema is an iconic landmark and was attractive until painted converted reused and then abandoned. It is grade 2 listed which is uncommon for 20thc buildings on Trafford. It’s is attached to the buildings on Edge Lane but they do not seem to have been treated as listed and could be considerably enhanced? Stretford Civic Building is also listed and was built by Stretford’s famous residents Rylands and his wife. These could all be enhanced.
Trees plant trees
It is important to enhance the whole junction.
A hark back to modernism using quality materials would be amazing. We dont need pastiche nor a glass box. Make it look like a town perhaps focussed around an attractive town square following a pedestrianised historic-like domestic scale street patterns.

By Bricks and Water

Where is the meeting going to be.

By Helen brown

It needs mens clothes in the mall suggestion also primark would be handy

By Michael

Streford as a whole has suffered from decades of neglect and under investment. The streets are filthy and the gullies are all blocked, making walking on the pavement difficult, especially when it’s been raining. Invest in stretford as a whole not just the mall.

By Lynne Jenkinson

I love going to Stretford Arndale
But I think with more stores and help it could come back to profit But its dreadful at this moment.
It could be great again.

By Susan Rogers

It’s going in the right direction. Just the past year has shown significant changes. The Arndale at the moment is the right size. Let’s have a place for public markets etc like Alty, Chorlton and Urmston. It needs something to get passes by attracted to it. I remember the old Kings Street shops. It was a busy place then.

By Smitty

It would be nice to see more shops may be bigger named shops to bring in more people TJHughes was a great loss in the mall also maybe market stalls outside the mall 3 days a week regularly may draw more people to the mall

By Susan warran

Where is the January 25 th 2020 consultation meeting being held ? How will it work if its between 8am-6pm? Please reply asap
Thanks Alicia

By Alicia Borowska