Trafford approves details of first Altair resi block

The first phase of Nikal Developments’ £70m Altair scheme in Altrincham town centre, a 59-apartment scheme at the gateway to the site on Moss Lane, was discussed by Trafford Council’s planning committee on Thursday evening.

The block will be built opposite the Tesco superstore, and will be a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments with leisure and retail space on the lower floors.

Integrated into the scheme is a new entrance for the ice rink and landscaped public realm to include outside seating for a café.

Nikal will be using its Hillcrest Homes brand to deliver the building alongside main contractor, Eric Wright Construction.

The council approved amends to the outline planning permission at its January planning committee meeting, and is expected to give detailed consent at its next meeting in February.

Work is scheduled to start in spring 2016.

The building was designed by Stephenson Studio and SimpsonHaugh & Partners.

Nikal was granted outline planning permission for the 4.5-acre Altair site along Moss Lane and Oakfield Road in January 2014. The scheme next to the new transport interchange will include a 43,000 sq ft leisure centre, 96,000 sq ft of retail and restaurants, coffee shops and cafes, a 7,400 sq ft bowling alley, 150 apartments and townhouses, and 35,000 sq ft of office space and a car park.

Planning consent for a scheme twice the size was granted in 2008. Nikal subsequently bought out the interest of joint venture partner David McLean following its collapse into administration as the financial crisis hit.

Altair has been developed by Nikal in partnership with Trafford Council and Altrincham Forward.

The agents for Altair are Cheetham & Mortimer for leisure and retail, Metis for leisure, and Hillcrest Homes for residential.

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