Plans for a 120-acre Civic Quarter in Trafford, encompassing the Town Hall, Cricket Club, and future University Academy 92 site, could include a festival square and processional route for sports celebrations, according to the council.
Trafford Council, in partnership with Bruntwood and Lancashire Cricket Club, advised by Feilden Clegg Bradley, Planit-IE, GVA How Planning, and Curtins, is working up a strategic vision for the site, and is hosting a preliminary consultation event later this month to gather views on how the spaces could be better used.
This proposal is part of the delivery of the refreshed Stretford masterplan, which includes other elements in and around Stretford town centre, and stretches up to the Town Hall end of Stretford and Old Trafford.
Part of the Civic Quarter plan includes the development of a new public piazza or festival square, which could lie between the Town Hall, the UA92 site and Lancashire Cricket Club, and provide “an inspirational focal point” for celebrations and events throughout the year.
A redefined ‘processional route’ could link the two major Trafford sporting venues, Lancashire Cricket Club and Manchester United, fused by Trafford Town Hall.
According to the council, the proposals are in their early stages, and the partners want feedback from the public on an array of questions which will shape their designs, such as:
- What would you like to see in the Civic Quarter?
- What ideas do you have for potentially changing the way Talbot Road is used by pedestrians, cyclists and cars?
- Do you want this to be a more green and open space?
- How do you use the area at the moment, if at all?
- What would encourage you to spend more time here?
An initial drop-in session, which will be attended by partners and architects involved in the project, is being held at the Town Hall on Tuesday 14 August between 2pm and 8pm. The event is not a formal consultation, which will be held at a later date once plans have been developed further.
Leader of Trafford Council, Cllr Andrew Western, said: “The establishment of a Civic Quarter presents a fantastic opportunity to further develop local amenities, improve community use of the area and completely transform our public spaces. It aims to create a fantastic place for those who live and work here, so please take the time to come and tell us what you want: your views are vital in shaping this amazing project.”
Ernst ter Horst, associate of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, said: “We’re very proud and excited to be involved in the design for this regeneration framework, with its context of internationally renowned sports venues and the Borough’s historic Town Hall. We’re looking to capitalise on the opportunities of these existing facilities as an excellent basis to create a rejuvenated place for living and working in the new Trafford Civic Quarter.”
Meanwhile, progress is continuing with the wider Stretford masterplan and the Council said it will soon be sharing details of a future engagement event in September.